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Police to investigate suspicious Chinatown building fire

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05 Dec 2017
MFB firefighters were on scene within minutes of receiving numerous 000 calls for smoke issuing from the 2 storey concrete building in the Chinatown area of Melbourne.

A community advice was promptly issued as the wind blew the smoke over the surrounding areas.

Adjacent buildings were evacuated (none of which were residential).

The fire was well involved on the second floor of the disused building and had extended through the roof.

MFB firefighters entered the smoke filled premises to undertake a search for anyone that may have been inside as the building is known to be frequented by squatters. Fortunately this was not the case.

The fire took 45 minutes to bring under control; however fire crews remained on scene throughout the night to continue to extinguish and maintain fire duties.

The local council Building Surveyor will be attending to check the integrity of the property.

The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and police are investigating.

No injuries were reported.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 9

 

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 35

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