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Man accounted for after South Yarra house fire

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16 Jun 2019
More than 30 firefighters were called to a double storey house in South Yarra after it caught alight.

Crews were called to the Punt Road address just before 2:15pm, with the initial appliance arriving on scene in just six minutes.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection against the thick smoke, Firefighters immediately began to search the property, following early reports from several Triple Zero (000) callers which suggested that one person was unaccounted for inside the building.

Thankfully, one male was accounted for and was placed into the care of Ambulance Victoria paramedics at the scene.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly, and brought the blaze under control within 18 minutes of the first appliance arriving on scene.

It is expected that crews will remain on scene for some time as they work to completely extinguish the fire in the roof space, and monitor for any hot spots still smouldering.

At this stage it’s not clear what caused the fire to begin, an in-depth analysis will take place once the fire has been completely extinguished.

MFB issued a community advice message for people in Melbourne, South Yarra, Cremorne, Prahran, Richmond, and Windsor advising residents to close their windows and doors if affected by the smoke.

Victoria Police are assisting at the scene and have closed Punt Road to traffic.  

At the height of the fire there were eight firefighting appliances on scene including two aerial units, in addition to three command and other units. 

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