But the blackened interiors of 7 Fortress St, Elizabeth Downs, haven’t deterred prospective buyers from considering the 605 sq m property which, from the outside, appears unsullied by the blaze.
“It’s fire damaged, there was a big fire inside,” LJ Hooker property manager Michael Fenn told 7NEWS.com.au.
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“We’re pretty much selling it as land value.”
It is currently listed with a price guide of $200,000, but the final selling price will be determined when it goes under the hammer on Saturday, despite prospective buyers pushing for a pre-auction sale.
“It should be a good auction,” he said.
The home was being rented out by the current owners at the time of the fire, but Fenn could not comment on the cause of the blaze, which he said had not yet been proven.
“I don’t think there was anything malicious there,” he said.
Fenn confirmed it ripped through the entire three-bedroom home, but said LJ Hooker was unclear whether the house was structurally safe — that will be up to the new owner to determine.
“(The current owner) has organised his needs through his insurance company, and we’re selling as it as-is.”
“People can have a look at it — if they want to make repairs to it, they’d have to go through the appropriate, relevant authorities to get approvals to make sure that it’s repaired to a standard.”
He said DIY enthusiasts were among the many expressions of interest he has received, along with those planning to knock it down completely.
“Some want to repair it, some want to redevelop the site, and some want to knock it over and build their own family home,” Fenn said.
The property also has “a nice, wide frontage” which Fenn said could perfectly lend itself to subdivision.