Police investigating Mullewa house blaze

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Police are investigating a fire that gutted a vacant Mullewa house yesterday.

The Mullewa Fire and Rescue Service and the Mullewa Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade were called to the blaze on Carson Street about 4pm after it was reported by several members of the public.

Officer-in-charge at Mullewa Police Station, Sergeant Ron Pace, said police were not yet sure what caused the fire.

He said the fibro house, with wooden floorboards and tin roof, was already engulfed in flames by the time police and firefighters arrived.

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“The firefighters managed to keep the fire contained to the property and keep it under control so it didn’t spread to the home next door and a vacant block across the road,” Sgt Pace said.

Captain Tony Crudeli of Mullewa Fire and Rescue Service said asbestos protocols were put in place – including use of breathing apparatus – in case the material was used in the fibro cladding.

He said crews managed to extinguish the flames by about 6.30pm, without having to enter the home.

The property has been taped off as a safety precaution.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to call Mullewa Police Station on 9961 6600 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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