Australia

Tiger Vlastuin's Surf Coast house set on fire

Richmond defender Nick Vlastuin’s house on Victoria's Surf Coast was set on fire in “suspicious” circumstances on Friday morning, according to police, as the Tiger prepares for Saturday night's AFL season finale.

Police said they were investigating the suspicious blaze at the property owned by Vlastuin and his partner at Torquay, about 30 minutes drive from Geelong.

Nick Vlastuin gathers the ball ahead of Fremantle's Jesse Hogan.

Nick Vlastuin gathers the ball ahead of Fremantle's Jesse Hogan.Credit:Getty Images

“Crews quickly brought the blaze under control and only the front entrance and porch were damaged. Police are yet to make any arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” a police statement said.

Richmond said in a statement that they knew about the incident.

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"The club is aware of a suspicious fire which occurred early Friday morning at a Torquay property owned by Richmond player, Nick Vlastuin and his partner," said a club statement.

"The property suffered minor fire damage to the front entrance, and there were no occupants in the home at the time.

"As Victoria Police are investigating the matter, the club will make no further comment."

Vlastuin and the Tigers will take on Geelong in the grand final at the Gabba on Saturday evening, with the defender aiming for his third premiership.

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