House fire deliberately lit
A fire that consumed a Strathmerton house last Tuesday was a deliberate arson attack, according to Cobram’s Detective Senior Constable Matt Prestage.
‘‘Our arson chemist has ruled out any other cause that may have been caused accidentally, so we believe it to be deliberately lit,’’ he said.
The previous tenant had moved out of the house in Main St only a few days before the fire, adding fuel to police suspicions that the blaze was deliberately lit.
The tenant has since
Police are not ruling out the possibility that the tenant lit the fire himself, nor that the tenant moved because he knew he would be the target of an attack.
‘‘We have been unable to contact the tenant and we cannot investigate any possible motives at this stage,’’ Det Sen Const Prestage said.
The house was almost destroyed by the time Strathmerton Fire Brigade arrived on the scene just before 4 am.
‘‘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.’’
Anyone with information about the fire is urged to phone Cobram police’s Criminal Investigation Unit on 5871 2866 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. disappeared.
Damage done: The Strathmerton house was mostly destroyed by the time Strathmerton Fire Brigade arrived.