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Southbank factory fire forces evacuation of 100 neighbours

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06 Jul 2017
About 100 residents were evacuated after a fire in a disused Southbank factory this morning.

Crews were called to the Hancock Street property shortly after 6.30am after MFB received a number of Triple Zero calls reporting smoke issuing from the building.

On arrival crews found a disused factory, measuring 10 by 20 metres, involved in fire and called for additional appliances.

Firefighters entered the structure in breathing apparatus to ensure that the premises was clear of occupants, none were found and no other injuries have been reported.

Fire crews using hoses and an aerial appliance aggressively attacked the fire and protected surrounding properties. An attached apartment block was checked for smoke and fire spread and deemed safe for the occupants to re-enter.

The incident was declared under control in 40 minutes.

The fire has had an impact on morning peak hour traffic.

The cause is yet to be determined at this early stage of the fire, investigations will follow up later in the day, MFB will be in attendance for most of the day.

Police and Ambulance are on scene assisting the MFB at the fire.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 28

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