Police probe into suspicious fire

POLICE have raised the spectre that the fire at Aberfeldy may have been deliberately lit.

Investigators say they would like to speak to anyone who was camping in the Donnelly Creek Road area on Thursday morning from 9am.

They are particularly interested in any photographs or video that may have been taken of the area while people were evacuating. The fire is believed to have started at about 11.30am.

Police say cause of the fire is still being investigated and Arson and Explosives Squad detectives are expected to go to the area later later on Saturday.

The Coroner is investigating the death of man found in a burnt out vehicle in the Seaton area about 5pm on Friday. The man's name has not been released.

So far, the fire has destroyed nine properties in the Gippsland area and several permanent and non-permanent dwellings at the Glenmaggie Caravan Park.

Local residents or anyone in the area at the time is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

The story Police probe into suspicious fire first appeared on The Age.

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