House razed

A fam­ily home was de­stroyed by fire in Baddagin­nie on Thurs­day night.

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

A fam­ily home was de­stroyed by fire in Baddagin­nie on Thurs­day night.

An alarm was raised about 7 pm. How­ever, de­spite the prop­erty be­ing only three doors down from the lo­cal CFA sta­tion, noth­ing could be done to save it.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Shan­non Mur­phy said that CFA and po­lice ar­rived within five min­utes. How­ever, by that time the fire had spread to the roof and the house could not be saved.

‘‘The house ap­pears to have caught on fire as a re­sult of a faulty kitchen ap­pli­ance . . . whilst three˘oc­cu­pants were at home,’’ Det Sgt Mur­phy said.

‘‘They were able to iden­tify that there was a fire due to smoke and also they could hear it, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity˘to flee the prop­erty.

‘‘They no­ti­fied their mother who was nearby and she re­turned to the house with the other oc­cu­pant and man­aged to re­trieve their pets.’’

Det Sgt Mur­phy said even though the oc­cu­pants were home and re­acted quickly, as did emer­gency ser­vices, once a fire reached the roof it would be­come un­con­trol­lable very quickly.

‘‘Be­cause the oc­cu­pants are of­ten busy do­ing some­thing else and don’t nec­es­sar­ily no­tice it im­me­di­ately a fire can climb up the walls and into the roof, and that is what has hap­pened here,’’ he said.

Po­lice placed a crime guard on the prop­erty overnight and joined CFA in­ves­ti­ga­tors at 10.30 am on Fri­day.

They es­tab­lished the fire was not sus­pi­cious, iden­ti­fied the ap­pli­ance as the start-point and the kitchen as the lo­ca­tion from where it˘took hold.

The struc­ture is to­tally de­stroyed and will need to be de­mol­ished. Po­lice have se­cured the prop­erty with tem­po­rary fenc­ing to stop unau­tho­rised ac­cess un­til that can be done.

In­ferno: It took a joint ef­fort by sev­eral CFA crews to bring the fire un­der con­trol.

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