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Historic house destroyed

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Structure

  10.06 AM 26 May, 2014


Location: District 14 News

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An unoccupied house has been destroyed at Diggers rest overnight (Monday 26 May).

The historic building, next to the old Army Radio Transmitting Building on Diggers Rest - Coimadai Road, was well alight when CFA crews arrived around 3am today (Monday 26 May).

It took crews 30 minutes to bring under control.

District 14 Rostered Duty Officer John Anderson praised crews for their good work controlling the blaze.

“CFA firefighters worked hard to contain this fire as quickly as possible, and stopped it from spreading further into nearby trees and grassland,” Mr Anderson said.

The remoteness of the site meant that getting enough water onscene was a challenge for CFA crews, and seven tankers worked to keep water up to the two pumpers on the fireground.

An advice message was released due to the high level of smoke and flames visible.

“While this house has been Unoccupied for a number of weeks, it’s still a timely reminder of the importance of people having a working smoke alarm. Especially if they’re living in a remote area like this.”

Victoria Police will investigate the cause.

Last Updated: 26 May 2014