Homes on both sides of the vacant property were threatened by fire, however alleviated by the aggressive and successful firefighting tactics.
The structural integrity of the house was compromised by explosions that occurred at the commencement of the fire, hampering the safety of crews. Specialist MFB operators utilised equipment to stabilise the building. The local council Building Surveyor is on scene.
Whilst the fire was under control in approx. 20 mins firefighters have continued firefighting duties throughout the night.
MFB Fire Investigators are currently on scene and determined the cause of the fire to be of a suspicious nature. The police have been informed.
Approximately 30 firefighters attended the fire.
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