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Melbourne’s iconic restaurant strip, Lygon St, hit by $2m fire.

At 2.00am Monday 2nd Oct a fierce fire destroyed several businesses on Lygon Street, it took 60 firefighters more than an hour to bring the fire under control. The fire is being treated as suspicious.

Fire crews were called when explosive sounds were heard coming from a Lebanese restaurant which had been closed for renovations for some time. Flames ripped through the top floor of the former Min Zaman shisha bar, near the corner of Lygon and Grattan Streets in Carlton, as a large plume of smoke blanketed the popular dining strip.

Part of the building collapsed into a nearby laneway and there are still fears of further building collapse, a Japanese restaurant on the ground floor below Min Zaman and a National Australia Bank branch next door have also been affected.

Many residents from nearby homes had to evacuate as a large plume of smoke blanketed the popular dining strip.

Firefighters were confronted with a fierce fire, with flames licking out of the windows on arrival,” MFB incident controller Costa Katsikis told Channel 9.

Lygon Street will remain closed citybound for at least half the day as firefighters and police investigate.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor