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Candle causes South Melbourne unit fire

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28 Oct 2019
A candle is believed to have sparked a blaze which saw the evacuation of approximately 50 residents from an apartment block in South Melbourne overnight.

Firefighters were called to Dorcas Street and found a flat on fire on the eighth level just after 11pm on Sunday evening.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection from the thick smoke, the crews entered the property and were able to quickly contain the fire to the flat.

Firefighters evacuated residents in neighbouring units as a precaution.

The fire was brought under control within 11 minutes of the first crew arriving on scene; however levels seven and eight of the building have been affected by smoke logging and water damage.

One person believed to be suffering from smoke inhalation was put in the care of Ambulance Victoria Paramedics, and later transferred to hospital.

Firefighters worked on scene until the early hours of Monday morning to ensure the fire was completely extinguished, and to mop up.

Thankfully, occupants of the neighbouring apartments were able to return to their residences.

At the height of the fire there were approximately 17 firefighters in attendance and four pumpers were deployed.

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