In cus­tody af­ter fire


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Myles Peter­son

A man was in cus­tody yes­ter­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing a house fire on Regent St, Shep­par­ton.

Po­lice and Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity units at­tended at about 2.10 pm af­ter an alarm was raised.

Sergeant Mark Wash­ing­ton said po­lice be­lieved the fire may have been de­lib­er­ately lit.

‘‘We be­lieve that the per­son lo­cated in the premises has set fire to some paper,’’ Sgt Wash­ing­ton said.

‘‘We’re not sure if any ac­cel­er­ant was used.’’

A CFA spokesper­son said a call was made at 2.10 pm and crews re­sponded within two min­utes.

Two reg­u­lar pumpers and an aerial pumper at­tended.

The spokesper­son said fire broke out in a bed­room at the front of the house.

The fire was de­clared un­der con­trol at 2.21 pm. Paramedics also at­tended. Sgt Wash­ing­ton said the man in cus­tody had been found in­side the house and that he was re­lated to the owner.

Two CFA trucks and a num­ber of po­lice ve­hi­cles were still present at the scene an hour af­ter the fire had been con­trolled.

Shep­par­ton Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit de­tec­tive were seen en­ter­ing the house.

The man in cus­tody had not yet been in­ter­viewed and no charges had been laid when The News spoke to Shep­par­ton po­lice yes­ter­day evening.

Pic­ture: Myles Peter­son

Dis­tur­bance: Three CFA ve­hi­cles, a num­ber of po­lice and paramedics at­tended a fire on Regent St yes­ter­day that po­lice al­lege was de­lib­er­ately lit.

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