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Fire destroyed Picola home

Police are investigating four fires that destroyed a house and a car and ripped through a vacant block of land at Picola early yesterday morning.

RIAHN SMITH January 10, 2014 5:32am

Remains: Fire destroyed a house and a car at a Picola property yesterday.

Country Fire Authority District 22 duty officer Shane Sutton said firefighters were called to a Moran St home about 12.30am after receiving reports a vehicle was on fire.

Mr Sutton said crews from Picola and Nathalia extinguished the blaze, but were recalled to the property a short time later after callers reported the Holden utility was again on fire.

He said the second fire was controlled within about 15 minutes.

Mr Sutton said firefighters were again called to the property shortly before 6am to find the home engulfed in flames.

He said six CFA crews from Picola, Nathalia, Barmah and Yalca took about 50 minutes to control the blaze.

He said a vacant block of land, several doors down from the home, was also burned.

Neighbour Leigh Allen said several loud noises startled him in the middle of the night.

‘‘About midnight I hear, ‘bang bang’, then I didn’t hear anything for a bit before I heard another bang,’’ Mr Allen said.

‘‘I walked outside and there was a ute on fire.’’

Mr Allen said he went to bed after the fire was controlled, but a commotion outside woke him several hours later.

‘‘Next thing I know, it’s six o’clock in the morning and a chap is bashing on the door saying there’s a fire,’’ he said.

‘‘I panicked, the next door neighbour’s house look like it was going to go up too — the flames were lapping at the side of it.

‘‘We just did what we could before the fire brigade turned up.’’

Cobram police Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Justin Schulze said police questioned a Cobram man, 42, about the incident, but said no charges had been laid.

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