Kyabram Free Press

House burns to ground in Gig

- By Max Stainkamph

A house was destroyed by fire in Girgarre East in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Stanhope CFA captain Chris Dent said his brigade received the callout about 2.30am to a property on Girgarre East Rd.

He said the fire had engulfed most of the house by the time firefighte­rs attended the property, and there was "nothing crews could do" except stop it spreading.

More than 40 volunteer firefighte­rs and 13 vehicles responded to the blaze, from as far away as Echuca.

The two residents of the singlestor­ey home escaped uninjured after being alerted to the blaze by smoke alarms.

“Thank god for smoke alarms,” Mr Dent said.

“Unfortunat­ely the house was a total loss.

“I couldn't feel sorry enough for them, but at least they have their lives."

A CFA spokespers­on said the fire was brought under control by 3.35am and the final crews left the scene about 8am.

An investigat­ion into the cause of the blaze is under way but at this stage it isn't being treated as suspicious.

Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police also attended the incident.

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