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Suspicious factory fire in North Fitzroy

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16 Oct 2014
More than thirty firefighters battled a blaze at a North Fitzroy factory overnight.

MFB crews were called to the Fitzroy Street property at 9.52pm.  The fire involved a former factory that was undergoing conversion to shops and offices.

The fire developed very quickly and a portion of the building was fully involved before the first fire crews arrived.

It took firefighters wearing breathing apparatus approximately one hour to bring the fire under control.

The damage bill is expected to exceed $500,000.

Asbestos was found in the building and procedures were put in place to minimise the risk to the firefighters and the public.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire was deemed to be suspicious and Victoria Police will be investigating.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  6
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
33

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