Incident name: Ann Street structure fire
Brigades: Dandenong, Hallam
Six vehicles from Dandenong and Hallam brigades, including Dandenong rescue, were called out to Ann Street just after midnight on Sunday 20 July.
When Fire Officer Paul Caligari and his crews arrived on-scene the fire was well and truly alight showing through multiple openings. It took around 40 minutes to put a stop on the blaze, which completely destroyed the structure which was being used as a boarding home.
While fighting the fire, which is believed to have started in the downstairs front room of the building, crews were notified four people were unaccounted for. The brick over weatherboard double storey home with 8 different accommodation quarters had narrow hallways and a steep staircase. Crews did a thorough search only to find all occupants had managed to safely exit the building during the fire.
Police arranged for temporary accommodation for the tenants as the local building surveyor called for the building to be earmarked for demolition.
Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, and Power & Gas supply companies also attended the scene.
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