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Building fire in South Melbourne

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23 Aug 2018
Following several calls to triple zero (000), MFB firefighters were called to a structure fire on Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne at approximately 5:40pm this afternoon.

Initial crews from South Melbourne Fire Station arrived on scene in just five minutes and were confronted with thick black smoke and flames issuing from the upper floors.

The fire is currently at second alarm, and more than 20 firefighters are working to contain the blaze.

There are currently nine firefighting appliances on scene, including two arieal appliances and a HAZMAT unit. 

Community are advised to avoid the area if possible, and ensure roads are kept clear for emergency services. 

More to come. 

UPDATE
As of 7:30pm 

Hard work by more than 50 firefighters at the scene has ensured the blaze was brought under control at 7:08pm. 

Crews had difficulty gaining access to the building initially and were conducting aggressive firefighting efforts from above using aerial appliances. 

Eventually, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to gain access and began an internal attack on the fire.

Firefighters have conducted an internal search of the building and thankfully there are no reports of injury. 

At the peak of the blaze there were 11 firefighting appliances at the scene. The site is a 20m x 35m two storey building on Buckhurst Street.  

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria are assisting MFB on scene. 

A community advice message has been issued and MFB is urging the community in smoke affected areas to close windows and doors, turn of heating and cooling. For smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024. Visit Vic Emergency for more information.

UPDATE
As of 11:26am 24/08/18 

MFB's specialist fire investigators have finalised their analysis of the site, and have determined that the fire was suspicious and the scene has been handed over to the Victoria Police. 

The Police Port Phillip Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and are keen to speak to anyone that may have seen any suspicious activity in the area. 

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

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