Police investigate Shepparton house fire
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.