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Suspicious fire severely damages vacant house in Hawthorn.

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24 Jul 2013
Firefighters took just over half an hour to control the blaze at the Hawthorn house yesterday afternoon.

The single-storey weatherboard dwelling had been vacant for several years and initial concerns were that squatters may be trapped inside.  
MFB crews worked quickly to knock the fire down enough to allow an internal attack and search to proceed.  
Fortunately, there was no-one found inside but the house has been extensively damaged.  The fire destroyed most of the roof and extra care was taken due to the instability of the internal walls and remaining roof structure.  
The cause has been deemed suspicious and the damage bill estimated at more than $600,000.
Approximately 24 firefighters attended the fire.

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