Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Collingwood fire: Residents evacuated, Australia

Police are investigating a warehouse fire in Collingwood overnight, which led to the evacuation of more than 100 nearby residents.

The fire at an empty Stanley Street warehouse broke out just after midnight.

Firefighters initially feared there could be squatters trapped inside the building, but no one was found.

Firefighter Mark Carson says the blaze threatened nearby apartment buildings.

"The fire had broken through the windows and the roof and it was a concern that it was going to spread to adjoining buildings," he said.

"The firefighters, in a very, very quick attempt, made a fantastic effort to kind of cut the fire off and then to put it out."

The arson squad will be on the scene today investigating the cause of the fire. Source