CFA were called to the incident just after 8.30pm on Sunday evening (June 5) as fire spread into the roof of the building in between the ANZ and NAB banks in Watton Street, Werribee.
Werribee's main street was blocked off for several hours as CFA and MFB firefighters fought to save the neighbouring businesses.
Due to further fire threat, CFA crews had to make a forced entry into the NAB building which was successfully saved. The building does consequently have water damage. The ANZ building was also saved as a result of CFA and MFB's combined efforts.
A total of 26 fire trucks and vehicles attended the incident that took two hours to bring under control.
CFA's Werribee Captain Michael Wells said it was a difficult firefight due to the position of the building but it was an example of great team work from multiple brigades.
Crews were still on scene in the early hours of Monday morning. (June 6)
A total of 62 cylinders were used by firefighters working in breathing apparatus.
The damage bill is expected to reach over 500,000 dollars.
Fire investigators are yet to determine the cause.
Brigades in attendance: Werribee, Truganina, Point Cook, Toolern Vale, Diggers Rest, Hoppers Crossing, Melton, Caroline Springs, Corio (teleboom and BA support), and 6 MFB appliances including a Ladder Platform.
Images by Alvin Aquino and Blair Dellemijn.