Emergency services have found the body of a 62-year-old man in the backyard of a Benalla house after it was destroyed by fire in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The man, who has not been named, was found in the garden of the property after CFA and police attended a fire.
Police forensic experts were at the scene yesterday and were preparing a report for the coroner.
Local man Matthew Hooker noticed the flames from across the rail line in Nunn St and said he was shocked by what he saw when he moved closer.
‘‘I arrived in Ryan St (to see) a house was well ablaze. I could see the whole street was lit up and blocked with fire trucks and the house was completely engulfed in flames,’’ Mr Hooker said.
Detective Senior Constable Travis Carroll, from the Benalla Crime Investigation Unit, confirmed there were three CFA units on site when police arrived.
‘‘At around 3am police were called to attend a Ryan St address in relation to a house that was fully engulfed,’’ Snr Const Carroll said.
‘‘The CFA have extinguished the fire. In the process the body of a male in his 60s has been located in the backyard of the premises.
‘‘The forensic team from Melbourne is investigating the circumstances of the fire, which we’re not treating as suspicious.
‘‘A report is currently being prepared for the coroner.’’
No-one else was in the house at the time and there were no other injuries.