Castelli fire ‘undetermined’

By Michael Roberts | posted on January 14, 2021

THE cause of a fire which burnt down a family holiday home at a winery in Denmark remains unknown.

A Tudor-style house located on Castelli Estate grounds caught alight on Friday afternoon, with a call to triple zero made just after 3pm.

Fire crews from Denmark and Albany attended the scene and brought the blaze under control just before 5pm.

Preliminary investigations by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said the fire was believed to have started in the roof of the two-storey home.

A DFES spokesperson told the Weekender the cause of the fire was “un- determined” and the dam- age bill unknown.

The blaze isn’t being treated as suspicious and no one was staying in the house.

Castelli Group Director Adam Castelli said it was sad to see a treasured family home go up in flames.

“There has been a lot of good memories there,” he said.

“It has been with us for 16-odd years now. It’s been a family retreat all those years.

“The volunteer firefighters did a great job and I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. It’s very sad what’s happened, but we will rebuild.”

Mr Castelli said the winery’s accommodation and restaurant – which is located about 50m away from the holiday home – were untouched and operating as per usual.