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Suspicious house fire in Shepparton

The cause of a house fire at a vacant Shepparton house yesterday morning is under investigation.

DARREN LINTON December 5, 2013 6:41am

Police and CFA investigate a Suspicious house fire in Balaclaver Rd on Tuesday night

The cause of a fire that engulfed a vacant house on Shepparton’s Balaclava Rd yesterday morning has not been determined.

The house has been unoccupied for several months and no electricity or gas was connected.

Shepparton police Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Glenn Parmansche said the source of the fire was a single ignition point at the rear of the weatherboard house and it was being investigated as suspicious.

The blaze broke out between 2am and 3am and spread through the house, although the major damage was to the rear of the house and shed.

Country Fire Authority investigators and a forensic chemist went through the property yesterday, but were unable to determine the exact cause.

‘‘We are appealing for anyone who has seen anyone in the vicinity of the house around the time of the fire and anyone who was aware of squatters using the house,’’ Det Sen Const Parmansche said.

‘‘We believe it has been used by squatters in the past.’’

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to phone Shepparton Police Station on 58205777.

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