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Massage parlour evacuated following suspicious blaze

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04 Apr 2012
Patrons and staff at the Tender Touch massage parlour in Dynon Rd West Melbourne were hastily evacuated shortly after 8pm last night when smoke was noticed inside the two storey brick building.

Within minutes, smoke was freely billowing from the roof.

Firefighters arrived and quickly formed themselves into teams to both fight the blaze and conduct a systematic search of the premises. With smoke rapidly filling both levels of the parlour, there was great concern for anyone who may still be trapped inside.
At the conclusion of the search, firefighters were relieved to confirm that everyone had managed to get out without incident.

The blaze took 40 minutes to bring under control with most of the fire damage confined to the roof and one room on the second floor. The cause has been deemed suspicious with evidence found of an accelerant having been used on the roof.

The damage bill has been estimated at $150,000.

A total of 27 firefighters attended the scene, including five pumpers, one rescue unit, one aerial unit and BA support.


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