AN elderly man watching his Hilton house burn to the ground feared his son may have been inside.
As the man stood in his Winterfold Road driveway Wednesday night, firefighters dashed past to bring the $350,000 blaze under control.
The Herald was one of the first at the scene and saw the single-storey home engulfed within minutes.
“My son lives there,” the devastated property owner numbly related. “I don’t know where is…he’s not around…he must be…I don’t know where he is. I can’t get in touch with him, because he doesn’t have his phone with him. I hope he’s not inside.”
Police media wrangler Naomi Smith says no-one was injured.
The arson squad is investigating. More than 30 firies from Fremantle, Murdoch, Canning Vale and Success stations attended.
by BRENDAN FOSTER