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Suspicious paddock fire near Tatura

Police don't consider fire linked to spate of suspected arsons between Mooroopna and Tatura.

RIAHN SMITH March 5, 2014 4:04am

A Tatura paddock fire on Sunday afternoon is being treated as suspicious.

Shepparton police Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Gary Dean said the grassfire started in an old scrapyard about 4.30pm.

Firefighters from Tatura, North West Mooroopna and Mooroopna were called to the rural property on Mulcahy Rd, near the intersection of Ford Rd, and attended to the fire for about an hour.

Det Sen Const Dean said the fire was being treated as suspicious, but was not believed to be connected to the spate of fires between Tatura and Mooroopna during the past month.

‘‘It probably burned about a 100ft (30m) diameter of really short grass,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s no reason for it to have started itself, the crops next to it were already cut and it’s mostly dirt out there since it’s been so dry.’’

 

Anyone with information should phone Shepparton police on 58205777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

 

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