Hundreds Evacuated from Melbourne Housing Commission Blaze

3 April , 2017

On Wednesday March 29th at around 5am, the Fire Brigade were called to Fitzroy in Melbourne to tackle a blaze at a housing commission tower on Napier Street. The apartment block fire led to the evacuation of around 300 people.5 people were injured in the incident. One man in critical condition was transported to the Alfred Hospital in critical condition suffering from severe burns to his face, arms and back. Four other people, including a firefighter with smoke inhalation, were taken to hospital in stable conditions. Paramedics assessed about 50 other people but none needed treatment.Residents on the fifth, sixth and seven floors were evacuated and taken to the nearby Fitzroy Town Hall.The Fire Brigade suspects a mattress was set alight in a corridor on the sixth floor of the building. Fire Service Controller Heather Stockton said in a statement, “Whilst the mattress was extinguished quickly, thick smoke filled the floors with some occupants unable to evacuate."The fire has been deemed suspicious and police are investigating.This incident is a stark reminder that a fire, whether accidentally or deliberately lit, can happen anywhere and at any time. The practice of regular building evacuation exercises is critical to minimising risk to occupants.For more information on evacuation training, contact the First 5 Minutes Team.

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