Police investigate after fire guts a Cohuna farmhouse

October 09, 2017

RAZED: Fire destroyed a house near Cohuna on Friday morning. Photo: Gannawarra Times

POLICE are now investigating the cause of a fire that gutted a farmhouse south-east of Cohuna on Friday morning.

Firefighters from Cohuna, Kerang and Leitchville brigades attended the scene and took about 40 minutes to contain the blaze at the Murray Valley Hwy property at about 3.30am.

‘‘As soon as we had arrived at the scene, we immediately realised that we needed more resources to contain the fire, so more tankers from Kerang, Koondrook and Leitchville were called in to provide assistance with extra water resources,’’ Cohuna Fire Brigade captain Mathew Trigg said.

‘‘Koondrook and Macorna were called to head back enroute once it looked like those on the scene had the fire under control.

‘‘All brigades that were in attendance worked tremendously well together to contain the fire and ensure it did not spread to any adjoining buildings.’’

The occupants of the property were on holiday at the time of the blaze, with police only able to inform them of the situation later during the day.

‘‘The CFA, Gannawarra Shire Council and Victoria Police welfare office will offer emergency accommodation and vouchers for food and clothing to the family, and they also have family living in the area,’’ Mr Trigg said.

—Gannawarra Times

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