Massive fire erupts at a primary school in Melbourne as emergency services urgently evacuate homes nearby
- A massive fire has erupted at a building in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra
- Up to 60 firefighters are battling blaze in vicinity of South Yarra Primary School
- First responders arrived on the scene at about 6:30am on Thursday morning
- Witness described large flames in the city’s southeast as ’10 storeys high’
A massive fire has erupted at a building in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.
Up to 60 firefighters arrived at the scene of the blaze in the vicinity of the South Yarra Primary School at about 6:30am on Thursday morning.
Residents in a one kilometre radius have been warned to stay inside to avoid embers from the fire which is yet to be brought under control.
Images of the scene in Melbourne’s southeast show towering flames as tall as buildings and large clouds of black smoke.
A massive fire has erupted at a building in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra (pictured)
Witness Diana described the flames as ‘really, really big’.
‘They’re about 10 storeys high,’ she told 3AW.
Residents in a one kilometre radius of the fire have been advised to close all exterior doors and windows to protect themselves from flying embers.
A Watch and Act had been issued for Albert Park, Cremorne, Melbourne, Prahran, Richmond, South Melbourne, South Yarra and Windsor.
The fire has caused major delays along Chapel Street with Punt Road, South Yarra between Toorak Road and Commercial Road all closed.
Motorists have been advised to alternatively use St Kilda Road or Chapel Street as VicRoads monitor congestion and public transport movements.
Early reports suggest a primary school or a church is involved in the blaze however this has not been confirmed