Fire guts Booval home used by squatters

UPDATE: Police believe squatters frequented a house that burned to the ground early yesterday morning.

Emergency crews were called to a vacant house on South Station Rd, Booval about 2.57am, following reports the building was on fire.

Firefighters were unable to bring the blaze under control before it consumed the entire building, with the roof eventually collapsing.

There was nobody inside at the time and no reports of injury as a result of the fire.

Police established a crime scene immediately, with two people detained but later released without charge.

It is believed that the house was frequented by squatters and that the fire may have been deliberately lit.

Investigations thus far have failed to find the actual cause.


EARLIER: Police are investigating a suspicious fire in Booval this morning.

Around 2.57pm police and emergency service crews attended a South Station Road address after receiving reports of a house on fire.

The residence was completely destroyed with the roof collapsing.

A crime scene has been established as investigations into the cause of the fire continue.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.