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Fatal house fire in Numurkah overnight

By Tara Whitsed

A man has died in non-suspicious circumstances following a house fire in Numurkah yesterday evening.

According to Shepparton Criminal Investigation Unit's Detective Sergeant Marcus Boyd, emergency services were called to the scene in Mackenzie St, Numurkah, at around 8.30pm.

"(This was) following reports from neighbours a house was engulfed in flames," he said.

Det Sgt Boyd commended the public for this and local CFA members for their efforts to extinguish the fire.

“We thank the public for their help last night,” he said.

“There were a lot of units and people at the scene and we worked very well between all the agencies so we’ll continue that throughout the day.”

He said a crime scene was established overnight.

“We’ve had our forensic teams from the arson explosive squad going through the scene along with local CFA investigators to determine a cause and look into the whole series of events,” he said.

"They’ll be preparing a report for the coroner."

Det Sgt Boyd said like any death, the incident was tragic.

"We’ll be looking into a number of issues, including mental health issues, seeing why this may have occurred," he said.

A CFA media spokesperson could not confirm how long it took to extinguish the blaze or how many units attended.

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