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Arcadia fire suspicious

A fire that destroyed two caravans at Arcadia early yesterday morning is being treated as suspicious.

SOPHIE MALCOLM January 4, 2013 4:01am

Fire investigators look at the remains of two caravans after a fire at Arcadia yesterday.

Police are treating as suspicious a fire that destroyed two caravans in an early morning blaze at Arcadia yesterday.

Twelve firefighters quickly contained the fire, which broke out at a private property on Arcadia Two Chain Rd near Zocks Rd just after 5.30am.

Country Fire Authority Arcadia brigade captain Ray McManus said three crews attended the incident and arrived to find the caravans destroyed.

‘‘By the time we got to it, it was already burnt out,’’ Mr McManus said.

He said while the cause of the fire was unknown, he believed it started inside one of the caravans and spread to surrounding grassland.

Mr McManus said crews then worked to control the grassfire, which burnt about 0.1ha.

He said nobody was in the caravans at the time of the fire.

Mitchell Crime Investigation Unit Detective Ash Mason said police were investigating the fire.

Det Mason said detectives were at the scene yesterday afternoon, but the cause was still unknown.

He estimated the value of the damage to be about $10,000.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area is urged to phone Seymour police on 57350200.

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