THE CAUSE of a fire that “totally destroyed” a family home in Nyora on Monday is yet to be determined by police and CFA investigators.
Fire crews from Loch, Nyora, Lang Lang, Poowong, Heath Hill and Korumburra attended the residence on Davis Street after a fire broke out at about 12pm on Monday, September 3.
Loch Fire Brigade captain Greg Hodge said the building was “fully involved” by the time the first firefighters arrived on the scene, and with “no hope of saving it,” crews’ efforts focused on ensuring the fire did not spread to a nearby shed and neighbouring house.
Mr Hodge said the blaze was initially being fought by just two firefighters from Nyora, and that their small truck had “run out of water” not long before support crews arrived.
He said it took crews around 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and that one firefighter had injured his shoulder in the process.
The two-bedroom house had been occupied by a man and his two children but no one was home at the time of the fire.
Mr Hodge said the fire had started in one of the bedrooms.
Speaking to the Sentinel-Times from the scene yesterday, as the building was still smouldering at around 3pm, Mr Hodge said police and CFA investigators were still determining the cause of the fire.
Davis Street, which forms a section of Lang Lang-Poowong Road, was closed while emergency services remained on the scene on Monday afternoon.
Mr Hodge said the CFA had been in touch with the South Gippsland Shire Council to arrange welfare for the family.