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House under construction in Ivanhoe ignites

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17 May 2019
More than 30 firefighters have responded to a fire on Irvine Road in Ivanhoe after a house under construction caught alight.

Crews arrived at the scene shortly after 9:30am, and on arrival the fire had engulfed the two storey building and was producing a large smoke plume.
  
MFB issued a community advice message for residents in the surrounding area due to the smoke.
 
Wearing breathing apparatus for protection, firefighters entered the burning structure to conduct an internal search. 
 
Thankfully, no one was found inside and all occupants had evacuated safely. 
 
Despite difficulties with accessing the seat of the fire due to the amount of scaffolding on the building, firefighters managed to get the blaze under control by 11am. 
 
It is not yet known what caused the fire to start, at this early stage it appears the blaze was predominantly concentrated to the roof area. 
 
During the incident there were seven MFB firefighting appliances on scene including one aerial unit. 
 
Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for some time to ensure the fire is completely extinguished, and are being supported by police and paramedics. 

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