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Suspicious fire tears through disused Brunswick factory

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11 Sep 2015
A massive factory fire in Brunswick forced the evacuation of shops and residents this morning.

A suspicious fire has destroyed several factories on Sydney Road at the site of the Heart of Brunswick development.

Firefighters were called to the incident at 8.38am, and the officer in charge soon requested additional resources due to the location of the fire near some housing units.

The fire began in an abandoned building, and passers-by reported flames and a large volume of smoke issuing from the building.

The fire affected the southern side of an L-shaped group of buildings and threatened to impact a residential building next door. MFB firefighters evacuated the residents from that building.

The incident closed Sydney Road due to the volume of smoke affecting motorists and to ensure room for firefighting appliances attending the blaze.

The fire was declared under control after two hours, at 10.40am.

The cause has been deemed suspicious and Victoria Police will be investigating

Firefighters have assisted the residents and shop keepers re-enter their units and shops.

Fire crews will be remaining on scene for at least the rest of the day.

Police are assisting with traffic control and Ambulance Victoria paramedics are also on scene.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 12
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units: 2
Other units: 12

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 64

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