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House razed in fire

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November 08, 2017

Emergency serivces were called to Main St, Strathmerton after a suspicious house fire in the early hours of yesterday.

A house in Strathmerton has been burned to its foundations following a suspicious fire in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The roof of the home had collapsed before the Strathmerton fire brigade attended — at just before 4am.

‘‘We were called to Main St, Strathmerton, and the house was pretty well engulfed by the time we got there,’’ Strathmerton Fire Brigade captain Evan Bourchier said.

‘‘No-one was home, so the circumstances are suspect... it was threatening both houses on the side so we just did asset protection.’’

Cobram police said an arson chemist from Melbourne was due to attend the scene yesterday afternoon.

‘‘The tenant had recently moved out... it was unoccupied but still with some furnishings inside of it,’’ Cobram police Detective Senior Constable Matt Prestige said.

‘‘The chemist will examine it and make a determination... we are appealing for witnesses, anyone who may have been driving past at the time.’’

Mr Bourchier said the blaze took close to an hour to bring under control and flames were ‘‘well up above the roof’’ of the house.

Anyone with any information about the fire is urged to phone Cobram police’s Criminal Investigation Unit on 58712866, alternatively call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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