A DEVASTATED Gunbower man saw the treasured keepsakes and memories of his late wife disappear in a huge blaze that gutted his home at the weekend.
The fire ripped through the two-storey Lavender Rd house about 5.45pm while he was away.
The Riv understands the owner of the house, who was too distraught to comment, had stored his late wife’s belongings in a room upstairs.
Cohuna CFA captain Mathew Trigg said he was on his way to Echuca with his daughter just before 6pm when he saw a column of smoke.
“I saw cars veering past me and I knew it was an emergency,” Mr Trigg said.
“So I headed over and when I saw the house was fully engulfed I immediately got involved joined the team on location to help fight it,” he said. “The owner was standing outside and the fire brigade had been called, but I upgraded it.’’
About 15 firefighters from Cohuna, Gunbower, Torrumbarry and Leitchville brigades attended, spending about three hours bringing it under control.
“My daughter wasn’t too impressed because we were going to the movies and we didn’t make it,” Mr Trigg added. “But she did get to see firsthand how we fight fires.
“The fire was very hot and all crews worked very well together to contain it and make sure it didn’t spread to the adjoining shed which was only about 15m away.
“Unfortunately it was a total loss, but no lives were lost and no-one was injured.”
CFA District 20 operations officer Bryan Suckling said the fire was not suspicious and may have been caused by equipment failure.
“Sadly for the owner, everything that was in the house was lost.”