In custody after fire

By Myles Peterson

A man was in custody yesterday afternoon following a house fire on Regent St, Shepparton.

Police and Country Fire Authority units attended at about 2.10pm after an alarm was raised.

Sergeant Mark Washington said police believed the fire may have been deliberately lit.

‘‘We believe that the person located in the premises has set fire to some paper,’’ Sgt Washington said.

‘‘We’re not sure if any accelerant was used.’’

A CFA spokesperson said a call was made at 2.10pm and crews responded within two minutes.

Two regular pumpers and an aerial pumper attended.

The spokesperson said fire broke out in a bedroom at the front of the house.

The fire was declared under control at 2.21pm.

Paramedics also attended.

Sgt Washington said the man in custody had been found inside the house and that he was related to the owner.

Two CFA trucks and a number of police vehicles were still present at the scene an hour after the fire had been controlled.

Shepparton Crime Investigation Unit detective were seen entering the house.

The man in custody had not yet been interviewed and no charges had been laid when The News spoke to Shepparton police yesterday evening.