The occupant of a house at Destiny View, Mernda, was fortunately not home when fire destroyed the home early Boxing Day morning.
Firefighters were called to reports of a house fire at Destiny View, Mernda, just before 4am on 26 December. It was reported flames were already coming through the roof.
Six CFA fire trucks and volunteer firefighters from Mernda, Epping, Whittlesea, Plenty, Doreen and Woollert brigades responded to the incident, supported by Mernda rehab unit, Eltham BA support, Bayswater BA van and several FRV crews.
They found the house completely engulfed in flames and threatening to spread to adjoining properties.
Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Tim Holland said firefighters attacked the fire both internally and externally, and worked to protect adjoining properties.
"We were originally concerned for the single occupant of the home and we were relieved when Victoria Police were able to locate the occupant who was staying with family elsewhere in Melbourne," he said.
He reminded Victorians of the importance of smoke alarms in the early detection of fires.
A stop was put on the incident at 7.14am.
A fire investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire.