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Essendon house fire under investigation

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16 Feb 2015
A massive fire, which destroyed a home under construction in Essendon, has been deemed suspicious.

Fire crews were called to the McCracken Street property about 11pm on Sunday 15 February after neighbours reported seeing a house under construction well involved in fire.

The two storey house measuring was well alight when the first MFB crews arrived.

Houses either side were being threatened by the fire and aerial appliances were employed to protect the adjacent premises.

The fire was contained before it damaged the neighbouring premises but the house on fire suffered significant structural collapse and fire damage.

Crews remained on scene overnight to monitor and extinguish any remaining fire.

The fire was declared under control after 45 minutes.

The value of damage is estimated to be around $500,000 to the 50 sq house.

MFB Fire Investigators have handed the scene over to police.

Pumpers:  9
Rescue Units:  2
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  6


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