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UPDATE: Docklands apartment fire caused $5 million damage

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25 Nov 2014
The damage to the apartment block from this morning’s fire is substantial with the repair bill now revised to $5 million.

The fire extended from the third floor through to the 21st level in a vertical line and severely damaged numerous balconies and external infrastructure.

Unit five on each level has sustained some fire damage although installed sprinkler systems prevented the fire from spreading further internally. There has also been considerable smoke and water damage to many of the apartments.

Residents are currently unable to return to their units to retrieve belongings as the building has not yet been made safe.  It is unclear how long this will take.

The cause was found to be due to some equipment being inappropriately stored behind an air conditioning compressor unit on a lower floor balcony causing it to overheat and catch fire.

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