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Crews quickly control CBD blaze

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29 Apr 2019
Firefighters have quickly stopped the spread of a fire which broke out in a restaurant near the corner of Russell and Bourke Streets in Melbourne’s CBD this morning.


More than 50 firefighters were called to the blaze with the first crew arriving on scene within seven minutes after several Triple Zero (000) calls from passers-by.

The two story building was well alight and the fire quickly spread into the roof, causing a lot of smoke.

Wearing breathing apparatus firefighters entered the building to conduct a search and attack the fire.

The fire was at risk of spreading to the premises either side, and crews worked quickly to evacuate neighbouring buildings to ensure the occupants were safe.

A number of workers were inside the building at the time it caught fire. Thankfully, there were no reports of injuries and all occupants have evacuated safely.

Using aggressive firefighting tactics and aerial appliances, crews worked quickly to stop the spread of the fire.

Thanks to the efforts of crews, the fire was brought under control at 11:52am, within half an hour of MFB arrival to the scene.

There was a large amount of smoke in the area, and MFB advised occupants of neighbouring buildings to shelter in place.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the kitchen of the restaurant, but remain on scene conducting their investigation.

Russell Street remains restricted in both directions, and the northbound lane is expected to stay closed throughout the afternoon as emergency vehicles remain on scene.


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