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Over 100 evacuated from apartment block.

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29 May 2012
A large fire in a two-storey disused office building caused the evacuation of more than 100 people from an adjoining apartment complex early this morning.

 The blaze in Stanley Street Collingwood broke out just after midnight and there were immediate concerns for squatters that were known to use the building.  As soon as it was practicable, a search was conducted but fortunately there was no-one still inside the building. 

The fire was contained to a section of the top floor with fire crews wearing breathing apparatus due to the presence of asbestos in the building materials. 

The fire took 40 minutes to bring under control with a watching duty stayed at the scene for the remainder of the night to dampen down any remaining hot spots. 

The damage bill has been estimated at $300,000 and the cause has been deemed as suspicious.  Police have been advised.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Stanley Street, Collingwood
Date: May 29, 2012 
Time: 00:06 hours     
Call Number: 10551

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 5
Rescue Units: 2
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 30

Officer in charge:

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