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Coburg fire forces closure of train line

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13 Jul 2015
Firefighters have battled a fire at a Coburg home overnight.

MFB firefighters arrived on scene about 4.20am to find the top floor of the two storey building totally involved in fire. 

A search by firefighters was conducted for a reported missing occupant.  He was not home at the time of the fire and was found safe.

The brick building comprised of a business on the ground level with a residence above.  

Trains were stopped on the railway line due to the structural integrity of the building and concerns that any further collapse could cause safety issues for passing trains.  The local council Building Engineer has been requested to attend urgently.

Most of the roof and part of the back wall has collapsed. Damage throughout the property is extensive.

The fire took 50 minutes to bring under control. MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the morning to conduct fire duties and continue to extinguish the fire.

MFB specialist Fire Investigators will conduct investigations into the cause of the fire, which is currently unknown.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 7

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 26

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