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Faulty powerpoint to blame for Bourke Street fire

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03 Jul 2015
Fire investigators have determined the cause of a fire on Bourke Street yesterday was an electrical fault.

Crews were called to the nine-storey building after it filled with smoke just after 2.30pm yesterday Thursday 2 July.

MFB firefighters arrived on scene in a little over four minutes of receiving the call and found occupants had commenced evacuation, and smoke was issuing.

Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the building locating the fire in a storage area on the ground floor.

The fire took 23 minutes to bring under control. Fire and heat damage was confined to the storage area, however the entire building was smoke filled.

400 occupants, from various businesses within the building, were evacuated and fortunately no injuries were reported. The building will remain unoccupied until tomorrow morning.

MFB Fire investigators have determined the blaze was started by a faulty powerpoint in the cleaners storeroom.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 7

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 26

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