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Essendon coach evacuated following suspicious fire in Port Melbourne

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08 May 2014
Firefighters have attended a suspicious fire at a mechanic workshop in Port Melbourne overnight.

Firefighters arrived at the scene about 12.30am to find the 15x25 metre building fully alight.

It took about 25 firefighters almost half an hour to bring the aggressive fire under control.

The roof of Port Melbourne Automotive on Rouse St collapsed in the blaze, and three cars inside were severely damaged.

Commander Gary Mann has praised firefighters for containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to neighbouring homes.

A number of surrounding residents were evacuated from their houses, including Essendon coach Mark "Bomber" Thompson.

Victoria Police will investigate the cause of the fire.

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