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UPDATE: Multi storey apartment fire in the CBD

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04 Feb 2019
Firefighters worked hard to extinguish a blaze that broke out at an apartment on Spencer Street early this morning.

Crews were alerted to the call at 5:43am after activation of an automatic fire alarm followed by a number of Triple Zero (000) callers reporting smoke and fire from the building.

The building was identified as having combustible cladding and additional resources were dispatched.

The fire started on the side of the building on the 22nd floor and moved up the outside of the building and spread through to the 27th floor.

At the height of the blaze there were more than 80 firefighters battling the fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus attacked the blaze from multiple sides. 

The fire was deemed under control in just over an hour.

MFB’s fire investigators are working to determine a cause of the blaze.

MFB fire safety inspectors are also working with the Melbourne City Council municipal building surveyor and will hand over the site to Melbourne City Council as soon as the scene is deemed safe.

Victoria Police is assisting with evacuations and a relief centre has been set up at Melbourne Town Hall for affected residents.

Southbound lanes on Spencer Street will remain closed until further notice. 

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