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Flooding in Southbank apartment building

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28 May 2018
Firefighters were called to a flooded high-rise apartment building on City Rd at 21:33pm last night.

Crews arrived in three minutes to find water pouring out of the front door of the building and occupants self-evacuating.

Firefighters found that the fire hydrants from the first floor to the 18th floor had been maliciously opened, causing thousands of litres of water to flow into the building.

Crews worked quickly to turn off the fire hydrants and immediately commenced a salvage operation, using wet vacuums and water pumps to mitigate further water damage. There was also an electrical risk due to the water.

The incident was deemed under control at 22.20pm, with police and ambulance crews also assisting on scene.

MFB was later recalled to the building at 4:20am this morning, as a maintenance worker was hit in the face by a jet of water from a burst pipe while working to repair the fire panel from the earlier incident.

Water was shut off to the entire building, and the maintenance worker was transported to hospital by paramedics.

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