Two passengers missing after fire north of Melbourne

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Two passengers missing after fire north of Melbourne

Two people are missing after a house in north Melbourne caught fire overnight.

Emergency services were called to Tallarook-Pyalong Road in Tallarook, about 90 kilometers north of the city, after reports of a fire just after 11 p.m. on Sunday.

A witness from another house nearby raised the alarm and told the authorities that she heard explosions coming from the house.

“I heard the explosions and it went out and then I heard a lot of small explosions like fireworks and I saw flames, so I called triple-0,” the neighbor said.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael Grainger said the home’s occupants were still missing at 1.30pm with police being “incredibly concerned” about the couple.

He said it was possible that there was an interstate relative and that an investigation was underway.

A police spokeswoman said arson squad investigators had not yet determined the exact cause of the fire.

“A crime scene has been prepared and investigators from the arson squad will attend this morning with forensic specialists,” she said.

A spokeswoman for the Chinese Football Association said it took 40 firefighters about 90 minutes to get the fire under control.

“The one-story weatherboard house was well burning and the firefighters worked hard to control the fire,” she said.

The house was “completely” destroyed by the fire and the authorities are continuing to search for the missing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact stop the crime on 1800333000.

jack.pinter@news.com.au

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