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Forty evacuate after St Kilda blaze

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06 Apr 2017
About 40 people have evacuated from a St Kilda building after a fire this afternoon.

Crews were called to the Greeves Street property in St Kilda at 12.27pm.

Triple Zero operators received a call from a person evacuating the building for a fire on the first floor. 

Crews arrived within minutes and found a fire on the first floor residential section of the building. There is a meat works on the ground floor. Penetration into the base of the fire was made difficult due to hoarding and debris scattered throughout the building.

There were approximately 40 people evacuating the building and MFB firefighters commenced a search.

Initially there was a person unaccounted for who has since been located.

The fire was declared Under Control 10 minutes after receiving the initial call.  At this stage the cause has not been identified

Victoria Police are on scene to assist with evacuation and Ambulance Victoria are checking the evacuees.

Hoarding is the persistent accumulation and lack of ability to relinquish large numbers of objects or animals. It is a progressive and chronic condition.

MFB responds to an incident involving hoarding and/or squalor on average every six days.

Between 2012 and 2015 MFB responded to more than 160 incidents involving hoarding and/or squalor across the Metropolitan District.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Other units:  2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 18

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