Firefighters were called to a house fire at 5 Johnson St at around 1.40pm on Thursday last week.
Johnson and Rankin streets were immediately evacuated due to concerns about asbestos in the air from the burning of the outside wall of the building.
A male, who is a friend of the inhabitants, is believed to have tried to put out the fire with a garden hose and was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
A witness said the man had black soot on his lips when he came out of the home.
Andrew Murray, who is renting the property with his son Brody, was not in the house at the time.
‘‘I got a call when I was on my way back from Echuca,’’ Mr Murray said.
Twenty firefighters and both tankers and pumpers from Rochester and Elmore CFA stations attended the scene with Lockington CFA tanker called off on route as the fire was contained.
Two police cars, both from Echuca, attended the scene.
The fire started in the front bedroom of the rental property and was contained
Rochester CFA Captain Luke Warren said the investigation is continuing into the cause of the blaze.
“This was a good save by the Rochester and Elmore crews,” he said.
“The fire was contained to one room.”
Samples have been sent off to Melbourne for analysis which could take a month to return with results.
Within two hours of the fire starting, the street was again open to pedestrians and vehicles.