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Medical clinic blaze in St Albans under control quickly

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05 Mar 2020
Approximately 20 firefighters responded to St Albans just before 3am on Thursday, after a pathology clinic caught fire.

Initial crews arrived to the Victoria Street clinic within five minutes following several calls to Triple Zero (000).

They were met with a fire that had taken hold of the building and was threatening to spread to the adjacent premises.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection from the smoke, firefighters quickly commenced an external attack on the fire in a bid to get it under control.

Their efforts ensured the fire was brought under control within half an hour of the first emergency call.  

Thankfully the building was unoccupied, and there are no reports of injury.

Firefighters remained on scene until around 5:30am to monitor for hot spots and ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

At this stage it’s not clear what caused the blaze to start but MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit will attend on Thursday to analyse the scene.  

At the height of the fire there were seven firefighting appliances in attendance including a rescue and an aerial unit, in addition to three other support units.

Ambulance Victoria was on scene to monitor the health of firefighters.

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