THE Police Child Protection Investigation Unit is investigating a suspicious house fire at Riverview that gutted a Housing Commission home.

Witnesses reported the fire started on a couch in the lower level of the two-storey brick home on Lynch St yesterday about noon.

Three fire crews were called to the scene from Ripley and Karana Downs stations and worked to extinguish the blaze into the afternoon.

The occupants were home at the time but escaped unharmed and no one was injured.

A family of seven lived at the property and have moved to a friend's house.

Neighbour Marcus Munoz said the house was well alight when firies arrived.

"I heard a woman screaming 'fire, fire' and I saw smoke," he said.

"I came running over, jumped the fence and grabbed the hose. It was not enough, the fire was too big."

Another witness said the fire moved so quickly "it went up like paper".

"My kids saw it and came and told me. When I came down, within five minutes the house was collapsing."

Senior Sergeant Bob Phillips said police were treating the fire as suspicious and investigations were continuing. He said the house was completely destroyed in the blaze.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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