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Residents evacuated after suspicious fire in Northcote

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10 Aug 2013
Thermal imaging cameras were used to help combat a suspicious fire in Northcote on Saturday.

Police are investigating the High Street blaze which occurred in a two-storey, 15m by 30m concrete building and was confined to one corner of the first floor.

Fire crews were called to the scene just after 4am.

Heavy smoke issuing caused the evacuation of 25 residents from an adjoining block of flats.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used an infrared thermal imaging camera to locate the seat of the fire.

The fire was reported by police officers on scene who noticed the smoke issuing from the building.  The early detection contributed to minimising the damage.

The fire was deemed under control in just over 30 minutes.  The evacuated residents were able to return by 5.30am.

The estimated cost of damage is not yet available. The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and police are investigating.  There were no reports of any injuries.

Eight appliances and 24 firefighters attended the incident.

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