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An alleged Melbourne man has deliberately flooded a building by turning on every fire hydrant

  • A Melbourne man, 27, has been arrested for deliberately flooding a CBD building
  • It is alleged that he turned on every fire hydrant in the 18-storey building
  • The 120 residents had to be evacuated to safety after the event unfolded 
  • There are large amounts of fear of electrical damage due to the volume of water

A resident in Melbourne has reportedly flooded an 18-storey high-rise after he deliberately turned on all the fire hydrants on the first floor. 

There were thousands of litres of water pouring out of the front door, forcing 120 residents to flee the Southbank building on Sunday night. 

The Melbourne man, 27, who allegedly created the chaos has been arrested for the incident.

It has been reported that the man barricaded himself in a room, leaving the police to deal with him while firefighters controlled the flooding.

Emergency services were called to the 18-storey office in Southbank building on Sunday night

Police are seen assisting with residents after the incident unfolded in the Melbourne CBD

Police are seen assisting with residents after the incident unfolded in the Melbourne CBD

The large building (pictured) is feared to be severely damaged from the large volumes of water and the electrical risk

The large building (pictured) is feared to be severely damaged from the large volumes of water and the electrical risk

 ‘Firefighters are using specialist equipment, including wet vacuums and water pumps,’ a statement from the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board said. 

‘They are also dealing with the electrical risk, due to the amount of water in the building.’

The building was emptied, leaving the firefighters to address water damage and ensure there was no further electrical risk from the large volume of water.

The building will remain unoccupied until the Municipal Building Surveyor inspects it.

120 residents were evacuated from the large building to ensure their safety after the chaos

120 residents were evacuated from the large building to ensure their safety after the chaos

 

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