Five fire units were called to a blaze that severely damaged a three-bedroom home on Hampton Rd in Tatura on Saturday night.
The weatherboard home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
Tatura Fire Brigade captain Graeme Dean said the blaze, which was reported about 6.16pm, took about half an hour to control.
Mr Dean said the fire caused significant damage to the front room, a bedroom and the roof structure.
Neighbour Ralph Diblasio said he was preparing to go out for the evening when he spotted the fire opposite his house.
‘‘I had the front door open and I could smell something burning like plastic. I walked out the front and saw the house on fire and crossed the road to make sure there was no-one inside,’’ Mr Diblasio said.
He said while his wife called the fire brigade, he hooked up his neighbour’s caravan to his ute and towed it away from the burning house.
‘‘I was surprised at how quick it caught alight. There was nothing we could do,’’ he said.
Mr Diblasio said a family living in the home were away at the time of the blaze.
‘‘The wife was away on holiday with the kids and the husband was visiting his parents,’’ he said.
Mr Dean said units from Tatura, Mooroopna and Shepparton fire brigades attended the blaze.
He said the cause of the fire was being investigated.