Suspicious fire destroys home

Squatters had been living at this house, which was gutted by fire. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d412958
Squatters had been living at this house, which was gutted by fire. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d412958

When fire crews arrived at the Cooper Street blaze at 2.25am, the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The fire was suspicious, according to the DFES spokesman, but no one was in the house when fire crews arrived.

There was asbestos on the site and the damage bill was estimated at $150,000.

Fire crews left the investigation to police.

A nearby resident said it was only a matter of time before there was an incident at the house.

‘I spoke to council weeks ago and to the cops about the house…they did nothing,’ she said. ‘This could have been prevented.’