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Derelict house in Cheltenham destroyed by fire

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09 Jan 2013
A derelict single-storey weatherboard house in Cheltenham has been extensively damaged in an early morning blaze.

Four MFB crews with 15 firefighters responded to the call just before 4.30am.

Despite firefighters arriving at the Garfield St address in less than six minutes, the fire had spread to involve the entire structure.

Crews could do little to save the vacant house and could only prevent the blaze from affecting nearby properties.

Damage to the small dwelling is so severe that a council building surveyor is expected to be called in later today to authorise its demolition.

The replacement value of the property has been estimated at between $150,000 and $200,000.   The cause of the blaze has been listed as suspicious.

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