Warrnambool home gutted in incident police are treating as suspicious

Destroyed: A home in Gleeson Street, Warrnambool was gutted by fire on Saturday morning. Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.
Destroyed: A home in Gleeson Street, Warrnambool was gutted by fire on Saturday morning. Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

A Warrnambool home was gutted by fire on Saturday morning in an incident police are treating as suspicious.

The police arson team will investigate the Gleeson Street fire, which began at 3.30am Saturday.

Warrnambool CFA station officer David Black said three CFA trucks attended and it took about 40 minutes to control.

The fibro-cement sheet single storey home was unoccupied at the time. 

“It looks like the dwelling will be lost,” Mr Black said. “It was an extensive fire. 

“The fire is being treated as suspicious and is currently being investigated by Victoria Police and the fire investigation unit.”

Mr Black said overgrown grass and shrubs outside further fuelled the fire and made the operation more complex.

“We had a grass fire at the same time as we had a house fire.” 

He said it was a timely reminder the public to regularly maintain their homes. 

Warrnambool police Detective Senior Constable Craig Wastell said the police arson chemist team were expected to arrive on Saturday afternoon to inspect the scene. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Warrnambool police station on 5560 1333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000