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Leaking BBQ gas cylinder behind St Kilda East unit block fire

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27 Sep 2017
MFB firefighters have responded to a fire at a unit block in St.Kilda East this afternoon.

Initial calls to triple-zero suggested there had been an explosion while other calls reported there were flames issuing from the unit or car park below.

Extra firefighters were sent to the incident due to the amount of smoke in the area.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-storey unit well involved in fire at the front of a three-storey block of units.

A man in his early 60s suffered burns to his face and hands and was treated by Ambulance Victoria before being taken to hospital.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus attacked the fire from the inside of the property and confined it to the front unit.

The fire was declared under control in 30 minutes.

A cat was rescued from the unit and council will make arrangements to care for it.

Fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a BBQ gas bottle in the boot of the man's car. The cylinder itself remains intact however it is believed the gas may have somehow been leaking. 

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumper: 4
Rescue units: 1
Aerial units: 2
Other units: 1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 25

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