IT REMAINS unclear whether an apparent break-in hours before last night's fire in LLewellyn Court is related.
Bendigo detectives are calling for anyone with information about the fire at 10.30pm or the break-in at about 6pm to come forward.
The house appears to have been vacant for at least a few weeks, Detective Senior Constable Jason Smith said.
"We had an arson chemist out there this morning and we are treating the fire as suspicious," he said.
"The investigation is still really in its infancy. Anyone who saw anything at the premises should call the Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers."
POLICE are guarding a house ravaged by fire last night in Llewellyn Court, California Gully.
Five Country Fire Authority trucks were called to the scene at about 10.30pm.
Officers from the Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit have been assigned to investigate and they are beginning that work this morning, Detective Senior Constable Debbie Graham said.
At this stage the fire is being treated as suspicious, she said.
An arson chemist is expected to arrive on scene this morning.
Paramedics were called to the scene last night but were not required to treat anyone, Ambulance Victoria has confirmed.
In a separate incident in Kyneton, a woman was pulled from a house ablaze in the early hours of the morning.
The woman aged in her 30s was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by paramedics, the AV spokesperson said.
She did not need to be taken to hospital.
Police are investigating the cause of that fire.
More to come.
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