Man dies in house fire

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

A man died in non-sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances fol­low­ing a house fire in Nu­murkah on Satur­day.

Shep­par­ton po­lice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit De­tec­tive Sergeant Mar­cus Boyd said emer­gency ser­vices were called to the Macken­zie St prop­erty about 8.30 pm.

‘‘(This was) fol­low­ing re­ports from neigh­bours a house was en­gulfed in flames,’’ he said.

Det Sgt Boyd com­mended the pub­lic and CFA mem­bers for their ef­forts to ex­tin­guish the fire.

‘‘We thank the pub­lic for their help,’’ he said.

‘‘There were a lot of units and peo­ple at the scene and we worked very well be­tween all the agen­cies.”

He said a crime scene was es­tab­lished that night and in­ves­ti­ga­tors at­tended Sun­day.

‘‘We’ve had our foren­sic teams from the ar­son ex­plo­sive squad go­ing through the scene along with lo­cal CFA in­ves­ti­ga­tors to de­ter­mine a cause and look into the whole se­ries of events,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ll be pre­par­ing a re­port for the coro­ner.’’

Det Sgt Boyd said like any death, the in­ci­dent was tragic.

‘‘We’ll be look­ing into a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing men­tal health is­sues, see­ing why this may have oc­curred,’’ he said.

A CFA spokesper­son could not con­firm how long it took to ex­tin­guish the blaze or how many units at­tended.

● For cri­sis sup­port or sui­cide preven­tion ser­vices, phone Life­line on 131 114. If your life is in dan­ger, phone 000.

Look­ing for clues: In­ves­ti­ga­tors at­tended the scene in Nu­murkah on Sun­day.

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