FIREFIGHTERS responded to two serious fires at properties around Ballarat overnight.
At 2.42am, firefighters were called to reports of a house fire at Dawes Road in Invermay.
Three occupants inside a bungalow at the time the fire broke out evacuated safely, with about half of the structure burning when crews arrived.
Six Country Fire Authority units, with assistance from Fire Rescue Victoria crews, attended the scene.
Nobody was injured.
Firefighters worked together to ensure the fire, which was in the roof space, did not spread to the main house.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus were rotated through to fight the fire, which was brought under control just after 3am.
The fire was out completely about 5.45am, though crews remained on scene to ensure it was safe.
The bungalow was completely gutted.
The State Emergency Service has been called to assist.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage. A fire investigator is expected to attend later today.
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Meanwhile, firefighters were called to reports of another house fire at Richards Court, Scarsdale just after 5am.
A neighbour called 000 after seeing a shed which housed chickens was alight.
Multiple CFA units attended, alongside FRV, with firefighters working together to bring it under control within 20 minutes.
Fire destroyed four sheds on the property, while an unknown number of chickens perished in the blaze.
A fire investigator has determined the fire was accidental and was caused by an electrical fault.
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