Ravenswood house fire suspicious

A HOUSING Tasmania property in Pioneer Parade, Ravenswood, was destroyed by fire last night.

Tasmania Police Sergeant Nicole Cook said the cause of the blaze was unconfirmed, but was being treated as suspicious.

Fire scene examiners and Tasmania Police were last night investigating at the scene.

Nobody was home at the time of the blaze; the sole occupant had vacated the house yesterday.

A resident of Pioneer Parade reported the fire after seeing smoke and hearing a loud bang.

Firefighters and volunteers took about 20 minutes to contain the fire, by which time extensive damage had been done to the house.

Firefighters at the scene had attended a blaze at a neighbouring property less than six months ago.

The damage bill is estimated at $140,000.

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