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Thirty residents evacuated after apartment fire in Preston

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10 Jul 2016
Firefighters have forced entry to a Preston apartment complex after a fire on the third floor.

Crews were called to the Plenty Road unit complex at 6.24pm.
A neighbour called Triple Zero stating flames were visible and the alarm was operating. The first arriving MFB crew had to force entry to the unit on the top floor of the three-storey block of units. Approximately 30 residents of the other units were evacuated.  Extra resources were dispatched to the fire where firefighters in Breathing Apparatus were conducting an internal fire fighting attack on the fire.
The fire was declared Under Control after 26 minutes. The aggressive internal attack of MFB Firefighters resulted in the fire being contained to a couch in the lounge, with smoke damage to the rest of the unit. The unit is being cooled and the smoke removed before allowing the other residents to return to their homes.
Police were assisting with the evacuated residents of the block of units. Ambulance Victoria has a unit on standby to check the residents and monitor the firefighters as they exit the fire and remove their breathing sets.
At this stage the cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2

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