Arson chemists investigate the cause of Saturday night's fire at an unoccupied house in McKean St, Mooroopna.FIONA BROOM November 19, 2012 2:33pm
Arson chemists have inspected a Mooroopna home that was destroyed by fire on Saturday night.
Police are calling for witnesses who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area before the blaze started.
Photo taken by Mark Liversidge
Shepparton police Senior Constable Nathan Trimby said the cause of the McKean St fire, which started about 10
He said the home was under renovation and the owners didn’t live in the area.
Photo taken by Mark Liversidge
Neighbours phoned emergency services when they saw smoke and flames coming from the house.
Christine Ferguson had to evacuate her four children from their nearby home during the height of the blaze.
‘‘It was right up. It caught quick,’’ she said.
Ms Ferguson said the heat from the fire shattered four windows on her property.
‘‘Even my lawn caught on fire.’’
The family had to wait outside for several hours.
‘‘It was scary. It got too smokey for the kids,’’ she said.
The family went to a nearby friend’s house.
Another neighbour Debra Parker said the fire was the third one she’d heard of in the area in a matter of days.
She believed the house on fire was unoccupied.
‘‘It was pretty scary — we thought the house next door might go too.’’
She praised the fire crews for their work.
Resident Dale Hunter said the light and noise from the fire woke him up.
‘‘The flames were coming out right near the road.’’
A police scene guard was in place yesterday and Victoria Police arson chemists arrived from Melbourne to inspect the property.
A man suffered serious burns to his face and chest after a butane can explosion caused a fire at a Shepparton house yesterday.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Murray Shire councillor Geoff Mackenzie apologised to councillors at a Murray Shire Council meeting on Tuesday about any offence caused by comments he made in November.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Moira Shire Council's new chief executive says he will 'establish a standard of behaviour' as part of an overhaul of the organisation.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Benalla mother Denise Cooke will hold an Anzac Day tennis event to raise funds for the Cambodian orphanages from where she adopted her children.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.