22 May 2024

Body found by firefighters while battling Holt blaze

| Claire Fenwicke
ACT Fire and Rescue HAZMAT crew

ACT Fire and Rescue crews came across the remains as they fought the Holt house fire early this morning. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

Homicide detectives are on scene at a burned home in Holt after human remains were found by firefighters in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services crews were called to the Giltinan Place home at about 2:50 am on Wednesday (22 May) to find it alight.

ACT Policing Inspector Rod Anderson said a deceased person was found inside the home as firefighters battled the fire.

“At this stage, we’re dealing with it as a suspicious fire and death until we can determine otherwise,” he said.

Inspector Anderson wouldn’t confirm if there were any indications of foul play or why the fire was being treated as suspicious.

Where the body was found in the home also wasn’t disclosed.

The remains have yet to be identified and next-of-kin have not been contacted at this stage.

The property is a single-storey, free-standing brick home at the end of a cul-de-sac.

It’s understood no damage was sustained to the surrounding houses.

Police are investigating how many people, if any, lived at the property.

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Neighbours Wesley and Vera Gates were woken at about 3:30 am when a policeman came to their door to ask them about the fire.

Mr Gates told Region that no one regularly lived at the home; however, it appeared to be owned by a man.

“He owns it. He doesn’t live there. He comes and goes,” he said.

“It’s not rented out. He’s repairing the home gradually. That’s what he told us.”

The couple said they hadn’t seen the man for the past few months.

“He was very private, he’d walk around and say hello, that’s all,” Mrs Gates said.

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ACT Policing has urged anyone with information about the fire, who witnessed the fire or was in the vicinity of Giltinan Place before 3 o’clock this morning to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference P2257160. Information can be provided anonymously.

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