Blaze destroys Rutherglen home

January 10, 2018

The aftermath of the fire that broke out about 11pm on Friday.

Fire destroyed an unoccupied home in Murphy Street, Rutherglen on Friday night.

Flames took hold of the old property quickly, with Rutherglen CFA volunteers called out about 11pm.
Brigades from Wahgunyah and Corowa also attended.
CFA District 24 Operations Officer Mark Owens told the Free Press there was no hope in saving the former miners’ cottage as flames were fully involved when firefighters attended the scene.
Mr Owens praised the work of firefighters in containing the fire to the property.
“The first truck was on the scene within six minutes and the crews which attended worked well to quickly put out the fire,” he said.
“The fire was fully involved when crews arrived, there was no hope in saving the house.”
It took firefighters just over half an hour to distinguish the flames.
The owner of the property, who lives in another residence in the town, was believed to be away on holidays at the time of the blaze.
Concreting equipment loaded on trailers parked at the back of the property escaped the flames, along with a large shed.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
A fire investigator and detectives arrived at the weekend and are looking into an electrical fault but a final report is still to be finalised.

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