A fire that burnt out a Shepparton house overnight has been deemed suspicious, according to a CFA spokesperson.
District 22’s operations officer Pete Dedman said a professional forensics unit will be brought in today to examine the Parker St scene of the blaze that completed gutted the single-storey property.
“Currently police and CFA fire investigators are going to be looking at the cause. It’s been deemed suspicious,” Mr Dedman said.
“We’re waiting on the arson chemist.”
CFA first received an emergency call at around 3.10am and responded with four vehicles.
The house was reportedly vacant at the time of the fire. A single mother and her four children had only recently moved out according to Robyn Jaffer who lives directly opposite the burnt-out structure.
Henryk Brzozowski who lives next door said he was woken by the sound of his bedroom window cracking from the heat.
Many neighbours were woken by the commotion, with several saying they heard suspicious noises coming from the property before the alarm was raised.
“About 1.30am before I went to bed, I heard some banging,” Mr Brzozowski. “I’m pretty sure it was there. I did hear noises.”
Other neighbours who did not wish to be named claimed to have heard running and yelling prior to the blaze.
A spokesperson for Victoria Police said the fire was being treated as suspicious. The scene remained under police guard this morning.
“Shepparton Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a suspicious fire which occurred on Parker Street earlier this morning,” she said.
"The alarm was raised just after 3am when a delivery driver spotted the unoccupied house engulfed in flames. Detectives and an arson chemist are currently examining the site to determine how the fire was started. The house was completely destroyed in the fire.”
Anyone with information is urged to phone Shepparton police on 5820 5777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.