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Mystery vapour forces evacuation of 150 Hawthorn residents

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10 Jan 2017
150 residents had to be evacuated from the Hawthorn apartment complex.

Firefighters have been unable to determine the cause of a smell that forced the evacuation of a Hawthorn apartment block overnight.

Crews were called to the Barrett and Graduate Apartments on Burwood Hwy at 4.51pm after residents reported a mysterious vapour on the eighth floor.

Despite extensive searching and air monitoring, crews were unable to identify the source of the mysterious smoke-like vapours. 

The apartment complex was evacuated as MFB hazmat technicians conducted thorough sweeps of the building. Residents were allowed back into their homes just after 10pm.

Regular briefings were conducted throughout the afternoon and evening to inform the 150 residents who had been evacuated from the building of the situation.

With no source or reason found for the mysterious substance, the scene was handed over to the police and building management.

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