Depot Hill house fire under police investigation
A HOUSE used by squatters that went up in flames on Carr St at Depot Hill late on Thursday has been declared a crime scene and put in police hands for further investigation.
Police Media yesterday confirmed the house was vacant but The Morning Bulletin understands that squatters were using the residence.
Neighbours believed the home was vacant for six to eight months after being repossessed by a bank in 2014.
"There were rumours of squatters so it seems strange," neighbour Philip Batchelor said.
"The flames were 15m to 20m high; it was just a massive fireball.
"It's the closest I have ever been to a fire."
Morning Bulletin investigations show the house on the 6000sqm property was built more than 100 years ago and sold on October 6 for $120,000.
Multiple fire units attended the scene at 10.20pm along with police and Ergon Energy with the blaze under control at 10.50pm and put out by 11.20pm.
Emergency units returned to the scene to douse ambers early on Friday.
Nobody was in the house at the time of the blaze.