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Fire rips through Tatura house

A remote house in Tatura suffered extensive damage from a fire on Saturday night.

RIAHN SMITH June 2, 2014 3:34am

Fire investigators examine the scene of a house fire at Tatura.

Police arson chemists are investigating a fire that gutted a Tatura home on Saturday night.

A Country Fire Authority spokesman said when crews were called to the O’Reilly St blaze about 9.20pm, the house was already engulfed in flames.

‘‘Upon arrival, the structure was well alight,’’ he said.

‘‘There were large flames coming out through the front room and the roof.’’

He said live powerlines caused firefighters some concern, but said they managed to work around them and quickly brought the fire under control.

The spokesman said the damage to the single-storey weatherboard home was extensive.

‘‘The roof has been burned out and it’s taken out one of the front rooms,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s also significant smoke and heat damage through the rest of the house.

‘‘It’s an isolated property surrounded by horse paddocks, so there was no risk to neighbours.’’

It is believed the house was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

Shepparton police Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Mick Guppy said CFA investigators and police arson chemists arrived yesterday to assess the scene.

He said it was not clear whether the cause of the fire was suspicious.

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