Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate after fire guts a Co­huna farm­house

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - — Gan­nawarra Times

PO­LICE are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a fire that gut­ted a farm­house south-east of Co­huna on Friday morn­ing.

Fire­fight­ers from Co­huna, Kerang and Leitchville brigades at­tended the scene and took about 40 min­utes to con­tain the blaze at the Mur­ray Val­ley Hwy prop­erty at about 3.30am.

‘‘As soon as we had ar­rived at the scene, we im­me­di­ately re­alised that we needed more re­sources to con­tain the fire, so more tankers from Kerang, Koon­drook and Leitchville were called in to pro­vide as­sis­tance with ex­tra wa­ter re­sources,’’ Co­huna Fire Brigade cap­tain Mathew Trigg said.

‘‘Koon­drook and Ma­corna were called to head back en­route once it looked like those on the scene had the fire un­der con­trol.

‘‘All brigades that were in at­ten­dance worked tremen­dously well to­gether to con­tain the fire and en­sure it did not spread to any ad­join­ing build­ings.’’

The oc­cu­pants of the prop­erty were on hol­i­day at the time of the blaze, with po­lice only able to in­form them of the sit­u­a­tion later dur­ing the day.

‘‘The CFA, Gan­nawarra Shire Coun­cil and Vic­to­ria Po­lice wel­fare of­fice will of­fer emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion and vouch­ers for food and cloth­ing to the fam­ily, and they also have fam­ily liv­ing in the area,’’ Mr Trigg said.

DE­STROYED: The Co­huna house could not be saved from fire on Friday morn­ing.

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