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Shisha bar ablaze in Moonee Ponds

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03 Aug 2018
MFB firefighters were called to a fire at a shisha bar in Moonee Ponds minutes before midnight struck on Friday evening

Concerned members of the public made a number of calls to Triple Zero (000) citing thick black smoke in the surrounding area.

When initial crews arrived to the Paradise Cafe and Restaurant on Mt Alexander road just six minutes after dispatch, the restaurant was filled with smoke.

The response was escalated and an aerial appliance and additional crews arrived on scene to assist.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building from the front and the rear, and managed to safely evacuate two people from above the shop.

With the assistance of Victoria Police, firefighters evacuated four other people from neighbouring premises to ensure their safety. Ambulance Victoria paramedics are at the scene for health monitoring, and Police Officers are working with the displaced residents to organise emergency accommodation.

After almost an hour of solid firefighting effort, approximately 24 firefighters ensured the blaze was brought under control at 12:45am.

Mt Alexander Road was closed in both directions, and the community was advised to avoid the area and ensure a clear path for emergency services.

A building inspector from the local council was called to examine the structural integrity of the site.

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation unit has determined that the cause was accidental. 

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