News, Culture & Society

Retirement home in Melbourne goes up in flames as fire crews rush

A massive fire is tearing through a Melbourne nursing home with around 40 firefighters from eight trucks struggling to contain the blaze. 

The fire started when one of the buildings caught fire at about 1pm at the Blue Hills Retirement Village in Cranbourne East.

Residents and staff have been evacuated from the home on Berwick Cranbourne Road and the fire was still raging out-of-control after 2pm.

A massive fire is tearing through a Melbourne nursing home with around 40 firefighters struggling to contain the blaze

‘Everyone has been evacuated and accounted for,’ a Country Fire Authority spokeswoman told ABC News.

 

Berwick Cranbourne Road is closed to traffic.

CFA operations officer Paul Summons said investigations into the cause have started.

“It’s still a little bit too hot and dangerous for them to go in so they will most likely come back tomorrow but we will be investigating the roof area,” Mr Summons said.

“It’s unlikely that it’s started in the building itself. It looks quite likely that the fire has begun somewhere in the roof space.

“It’s quite difficult to access because the roof has come down, so we will be here for quite some time putting out hot spots.”

 

Fire crews are currently attempting to contain the flames to one area of the building. 

The fire started at about 1pm at the Blue Hills Retirement Village in Cranbourne East and was still raging out-of-control after 2pm

The fire started at about 1pm at the Blue Hills Retirement Village in Cranbourne East and was still raging out-of-control after 2pm

Everyone inside has been evacuated and accounted for, a Country Fire Authority spokesman told Daily Mail Australia. 

Footage from the scene shows the building engulfed in flames. It is not yet known what sparked the fire.

More to come.  

The fire started at about 1pm at the Blue Hills Retirement Village in Cranbourne East and was still raging out-of-control after 2pm

The fire started at about 1pm at the Blue Hills Retirement Village in Cranbourne East and was still raging out-of-control after 2pm

Footage from the scene shows the building engulfed in flames

Footage from the scene shows the building engulfed in flames

Everyone inside has been evacuated and accounted for, a Country Fire Authority spokesman told Daily Mail Australia

Everyone inside has been evacuated and accounted for, a Country Fire Authority spokesman told Daily Mail Australia

The sky was blanketed by smoke from the fire at Blue Hills Retirement Village

The sky was blanketed by smoke from the fire at Blue Hills Retirement Village

 



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk