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Rotten afternoon on campus

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28 Apr 2018
Firefighters have given the all clear following an incident at a CBD university this afternoon.

Crews were called to the campus on Latrobe Street just after 3pm after a smell of gas was reported in a library.

Approximately 500 students and teachers were evacuated by Victoria Police as a precuation while an investigation was launched into the source of the smell, as the building was known to store potentially dangerous chemicals.

After a comprehensive search, firefighters identified the smell was not chemical gas, but gas generated from rotting durian, an extremely pungent fruit which had been left rotting in a cupboard.

The smell had moved around the building via the air condioning system.

The building has been reopened and firefighters are returning to the station.

The Environment Protection Authority will oversee the removal and storage of the waste.


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