Body found after fire

April 11, 2018

A house in Ryan St, Benalla, was destroyed by fire yesterday.

Emergency services have found the body of a 62-year-old man in the backyard of a house in Ryan St, Benalla, after the house was destroyed by a fire early yesterday.

The man, who has not been named, was found in the garden of the property after CFA and police attended the fire, which is not being treated as suspicious.

Police forensic experts were at the scene yesterday and prepared a report for the Coroner.

Detective Senior Constable Travis Carroll, from the Benalla Crime Investigation Unit, confirmed there were three CFA units on site when police arrived.

‘‘At around 3am police were called to attend a Ryan St address in relation to a house that was fully engulfed,’’ Sen Const Carroll said.

‘‘The CFA have extinguished the fire. In the process, the body of a male in his 60s has been located in the backyard of the premises. The male was deceased.

‘‘The forensic team from Melbourne is investigating the circumstances of the fire, which we’re not treating as suspicious.’’

The fire was extinguished by CFA firefighters at 3.22am.

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