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60 firefighters battle fire in Lygon Street, Carlton

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02 Oct 2017
Fire has caused more than two million dollars damage to businesses in Lygon St this morning.

The blaze started in a two-storey premises that had been undergoing renovations just before 1am this morning.

Explosions were heard as flames ripped through the top floor and spread to a reception centre next door. 

A wall collapsed into a laneway at the height of the fire raising concerns over the structural integrity of the entire building housing several businesses. 

A Japanese restaurant on the ground floor below the reception centre was also damaged by fire. 

60 firefighters took an hour and ten minutes to bring the blaze under control. 

MFB crews will be remaining at the scene for most of the morning to ensure the fire is fully extinguished. 

Lygon St has been closed to southbound traffic down to Grattan St and Grattan St has likewise been closed to traffic heading east from Lygon St. 

Approximately fifteen people were evacuated from nearby residences for their safety and put up at a Travelodge Motel until it was safe for them to return to their homes. 

The cause has been listed as suspicious and Police are in attendance.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 9
Rescue units: 1
Aerial units: 2
Other units: 2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 60 

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