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
Country Fire Authority District 22 duty officer Shane Sutton said firefighters were called to a Moran St home about 12.30
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 6
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.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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