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Police investigating two suspicious house fires

By Shepparton News

Shepparton police are investigating two suspicious house fires which occurred in town last week.

Shepparton police Senior Constable Shaun-Maree Brock said the first was a fire deliberately lit inside a single story home on Cormorant Blvd in Kialla at around 11.15 pm on Thursday night.

She said the home suffered extensive damage to the inside, with a significant amount of smoke damage inside the main living area.

Sen Const Brock confirmed nobody was living in the house at the time as the owners had moved.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and are currently following up a number of avenues of inquiry in relation to the blaze.

The second fire occurred at around 11 pm on Friday night at a Kennedy Rd, Shepparton home.

Sen Const Brock said the single story brick home suffered significant interior damage during the blaze.

She confirmed three people were inside the home when the fire started however they managed to escape without injury.

“The investigation is ongoing however it is believed to be deliberately lit,” Sen Const Brock said.

Police arson chemists attended both of the properties following the fires.

Anyone with information or CCTV footage from either of the fires is urged to contact Sen Const Brock at the Shepparton Police Station on 5820 5777. Alternatively a confidential report can be made via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police are investigating the circumstances around a stolen vehicle which was evading police in Shepparton on Friday night.

Shepparton police Senior Constable Shaun-Maree Brock confirmed the vehicle was stolen from an address in Shepparton and was observed travelling around town by police.

“An attempt to intercept the vehicle was made and subsequently police didn't pursue it any further because of the speed and danger to the community.

Sen Const Brock said the vehicle had since been located and police were making inquires in regards to the incident.