This morning (4th February 2019) firefighters in Melbourne Australia have worked tirelessly to bring a high-rise fire under control. The fire, in a building within the central business district on Spencer Street, Melbourne, started on the 16th floor of the building. Eyewitnesses describe the rapid spread of flames that were seen to travel up the outside of the building for seven levels before it was contained.
The fire is reported to have started at about 0500 hrs on Monday morning local time, fifteen fire trucks and 60 firefighters battled the fire, with police and paramedics also at the scene.
Flames were no longer visible outside the apartment complex at 0655 hrs, but the Melbourne Fire Brigade said the fire was still not regarded as “under control”.
Hundreds of residents of the inner-city apartment building were forced to evacuate after the fire broke out inside an apartment this morning. One person was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.
Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens said. “It is my understanding that the building is clad with aluminium composite materials, the sort of cladding that was on the Grenfell Tower”. “There is evidence of external fire spread. Our fire investigation team will determine how that fire spread,” Stephens said.
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