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Hundreds evacuated after Docklands apartment fire

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25 Nov 2014
More than 70 firefighters battled a fire at a Docklands apartment complex this morning.

Crews were called to the building on Latrobe Street at 2.24am.

The fire started on second floor balcony and extended up the external face of the building by up to 20 stories.

The cause of the fire is as yet unconfirmed but may possibly have been linked to a BBQ or air conditioning unit on an apartment balcony.

In excess of 300 people were evacuated during the incident. There have been no reports of any serious injuries.

At aerial appliance was utilised to extinguish the external fire while firefighters conducted a floor by floor search in heavily smoke logged conditions to check for occupants and internal fire spread.

The buildings installed sprinkler system has prevented serious fire extension into the internal structure.

The Municipal Emergency Response Officer (MERO) has assisted the MFB, VicPol, SES and AV to support the evacuees and a temporary accommodation centre has been established at the nearby Vic Rail bus centre.

The fire took 35 minutes to bring under control.

MFB specialist Fire Investigators and police are currently on scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

The incident caused road closures and disruption to public transport services.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:  19

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS:  74

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