Lighting strike sparks Harkness blaze

Friday, 28 January 2022 at 8:05 am

A lightning strike is believed to be the likely cause of a fire which engulfed a unit under construction in Harkness this evening.

FRV and CFA crews were called to the residence in Orchid Avenue about 5.30pm and arrived on scene to find an air conditioning unit ablaze on a roof with embers falling onto the road. 

The house was unoccupied, however two residents from neighbouring homes self evacuated whilst crews brought the fire under control at about 6:45pm.

Firefighters remained on scene to ensure the area was safe.

Victoria police also attended the incident.