House fire de­lib­er­ately lit

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

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.

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