Clues sought as house gutted
A TINANA house that has been vacant since its paraplegic resident died in tragic circumstances two years ago, mysteriously burnt to the ground in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Police and fire investigators sifted through the rubble of the low-set besser block Tinana Street house searching for clues as to how it caught fire just after 3am.
Investigators believe the fire started in the lounge room area of the house but have still not determined the cause of the blaze.
The house had been empty since 31-year-old Bradley Marsh, was found dead behind the Tinana Hall on October 29, 2008.
A neighbour called triple-0 after reportedly hearing explosions coming from the house.
Firefighters arrived minutes later but could not save the home.
“The house was fully involved on arrival,” acting station officer Pete Mapson said.
“Firefighters did a search of the house first but there was no one home.
“They extinguished the fire by 4.15am but the house was fully gutted.”
Neighbour Denis Hamilton was woken by the flashing lights of emergency vehicles about 3.30am.
“I looked out of the bedroom window and could see some flames on the left side near the carport,” he said.
“Then I went outside and sat on the veranda but I could see very little flame.
“I couldn't go to sleep. No one has lived there at all since the man died.”
Police scientific officers arrived at the house about 2pm yesterday. Anyone with information about the fire can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.