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Suspicious warehouse fire in North Melbourne under investigation

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24 Jan 2016
Firefighters have stopped the spread of fire from a vacant warehouse in North Melbourne this morning.

Crews were called to the Lothian Street property at 4am after reports of smoke.

On arrival they discovered high flames and the building almost fully engulfed in smoke.

A community warning was issued as smoke from the blaze could be seen from as far as the Melbourne CBD. The Incident Commander gave the All Clear for smoke just before 7am.

Firefighters executed an aerial and ground attack and the fire was brought under control within the hour.

The roof of the building did contain asbestos and safety procedures were put in place. Rain in the area limited the spread of the asbestos.

Lt Dryburgh Lane, located behind the warehouse, has been affected with shards from the roof falling on the roadway. This area has been closed to the public and specialists will attend and remove the material today.

The fire has been deemed suspicious and will be investigated by Victoria Police.


Appliances in attendance:

Pumpers: 4

Aerial appliance: 1

Rescue: 1

Rehab Unit, BA Support


Firefighters: 20

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