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Balcony alight on King Street

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09 Dec 2019
More than 35 firefighters were responded after reports from several Triple Zero (000) callers that there was a fire on a balcony King Street in Melbourne’s CBD just before 10:30am.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fire on an eighth floor balcony which spread to the inside of an apartment.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire and began checking levels above and below with a thermal imaging camera to ensure that it did not spread further.

Firefighters declared the incident under control just before 11am.

Victoria Police are on scene assisting with the evacuation of some residents, and Ambulance Victoria are on scene to monitor firefighter wellbeing.

At the height of the fire there were nine firefighting appliances on scene including a rescue and two aerial units. There were also three other MFB support units on scene.

MFB’s specialist fire investigation unit has determined the fire was caused by cigarette butts that were improperly disposed of, which ignited a high volume of combustible materials being stored on the balcony and inside the apartment.

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