POLICE are investigating whether a fire that destroyed the Miller St house at the centre of last month’s fatal stabbings, where two men died after a domestic dispute, was deliberately lit or was caused by an electrical fault.
The house was gutted in the early hours of Saturday morning at about 3am and, fortunately, no-one was living in the house at the time of the fire.
Police have confirmed threats and rumours of retribution, including threats of arson, had been ongoing since the October 4 deaths.
The word ‘burn’ was painted on the road outside the house the day after the stabbings and was still visible on the road surface after the fire. Police are concerned that further acts of retribution could still occur, despite the house being destroyed in the fire.
Portland CIU Detective Senior Constable Perry Lattin said police had heard the rumours but would not be led one way or another until their investigation was complete.
“I’d imagine those rumours would still continue and I would imagine a number of people would stick their hand up as to be the ones that have done something whether it was or was not the case,” he said.
“We haven’t established whether it’s accidental or electrical or otherwise and we may never know.”
Police door-knocked the area on Saturday morning and fire investigators were also at the scene on Saturday.