House catches fire
Monday, 31st July, 2017
By Michael Murphy
Firefighters were last night battling a house fire in Wills Street next to Theatre 44.
A passing motorist noticed flames coming from the abandoned house just after 8pm and stopped to raise the alarm.
Police blocked off the road to traffic while fire fighters from South and Central fire brigades doused the blaze, which appeared concentrated in the roof at the front of the building.
A shower of sparks rained down momentarily beneath the veranda, and Essential Energy workers were called to cut off the power.
Firefighters concentrated their hoses on the roof of the house until they put it out. They then went inside the building and pushed up through the ceiling.
The surrounding buildings - including Theatre 44 - did not appear to be in any danger, though the house suffered extensive fire, heat and smoke damage. The old-style brick home had corrugated iron nailed over one of the front windows.
Neighbours said they believed a squatter had been living at the house, although the woman had not been seen lately.
A small crowd gathered at the site, some of them in their pyjamas, to watch the fire crews in action.
It was not known what caused the fire last night.
No one was injured.