Residents on Rialto Ave woke up to the smell of smoke this morning.
The only victim, a sofa, that now sits awaiting council pick up on the verge in front of the property.
If not for the quick response from Venice Fire Station 62 the fire in the back unit, a small, wooden workers cottage, could have been a lot worse. Potentially threatening the other weatherboard cottages on the block.
Neighbors said the person who lived in the cottage had stepped out for a morning coffee only to return to find their home on fire.
Rialto Ave residents thought may be a cigarette has caused the fire, someone said the sofa sat close to a heater. Fire Station 62 said the cause of the fire was unclear. There is no exterior damage to the property.