Lucky escape for Invermay family as fire tears through home

8.45am: A fire has torn through a house on Ballarat’s outskirts.

Emergency crews were called to a property on Alkera Road in Invermay following reports the recently built house was fully engulfed in flames about 7am.

Firefighters attacked the blaze externally before moving inside, bringing it under control within 30 minutes.

A young family was home at the time of the fire but escaped unharmed.

The house has suffered extensive damage.

Investigators said a wood heater in the lounge room had sparked the blaze, with firefighters praising the homeowners for having working smoke alarms.

8.10am: The fire has now been listed as under control.

However, the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

The Courier will bring you more information as it comes to hand.

8am: Firefighters are currently trying to save a house from fire in Invermay.

A CFA spokesperson said there were reports of a large brick house being engulfed by flames on Alkera Road, Invermay.

Fire crews first received the call at 6.59am, with crews from Ballarat, Ballarat City, Glen Park and Invermay all rushing to try and save the house.

There are five units in total fighting the blaze.

It is still listed as “not yet under control”.