Philip Street, Horsham, house destroyed in fire

A FIRE that destroyed a Horsham house on Monday morning has been deemed not suspicious.

Firefighters were call to the fire in Philip Street, Horsham, at 3am.

Country Fire Authority district 17 operations officer Craig Brittain said when volunteers arrived at the scene, the house was well alight.

“There were flames coming up through the roof and part of the roof had collapsed,” he said.

“There was a vehicle in the driveway, so there were initial concerns that people were inside.

“The crews did a fantastic job and soon found no one was in the house.”

Mr Brittain said there was also asbestos concerns at the scene and crews took precautions to minimise risks.

“We got the fire under control reasonably quickly, but it completely destroyed the house,” he said.

“It was quite a small house.”

Mr Brittain said fire investigation crews then attended the scene.

“Our initial thought was that the fire was suspicious, but after further investigation we now believe it isn’t suspicious,” he said.

Mr Brittain praised volunteers at the scene.

“There was three fire-fighting appliances and all the volunteers did a fantastic job, working efficiently and taking all the necessary precautions,” he said.