Shepparton News

Police investigat­e Shepparton house fire

- By Monique Preston

A fire that destroyed a vacant Shepparton house on Sunday is being treated as suspicious.

Shepparton Crime Investigat­ion Unit’s Detective Senior Constable Nathan Berryman said police were investigat­ing the cause of the house fire on the corner of Westmorlan­d Cres and Northumber­land Cres.

However, he said at this stage police believed the fire had been deliberate­ly lit.

Firefighte­rs and police were called to the fire at a vacant Department of Families, Fairness and Housing property about 3 pm.

A Fire and Rescue spokespers­on said FRV and CFA crews attended the fire and quickly worked to make the single-storey brick-veneer house safe.

Firefighte­rs had the fire under control nine minutes after they arrived.

Yesterday afternoon a forensic chemist from Melbourne attended the scene to establish the cause of the fire which destroyed the house.

It is the second fire in an abandoned house in Shepparton in three days.

Firefighte­rs were also called to a house fire in Paterson Rd on September 9.

The cause of that fire is still not known.

Det Sen Constable Berryman said he did not believe there was a link between the two fires at this stage.

 ??  ?? Probe on: A fire in a vacant house in Westmorlan­d Cres, Shepparton, on Sunday is being treated as suspicious. Firefighte­rs and police were called to the fire site at a vacant Department of Families, Fairness and Housing property about 3 pm.
Probe on: A fire in a vacant house in Westmorlan­d Cres, Shepparton, on Sunday is being treated as suspicious. Firefighte­rs and police were called to the fire site at a vacant Department of Families, Fairness and Housing property about 3 pm.
 ??  ?? Anyone with informatio­n about Sunday’s fire is asked to call Shepparton police on 5820 5777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anyone with informatio­n about Sunday’s fire is asked to call Shepparton police on 5820 5777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 ??  ?? In action: Firefighte­rs put out a fire in a vacant house in Westmorlan­d Cres, Shepparton, on Sunday.
In action: Firefighte­rs put out a fire in a vacant house in Westmorlan­d Cres, Shepparton, on Sunday.

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