Four escape from Elsternwick blaze

Saturday, 26 September 2020 at 8:06 am

Smoke and flames issuing from a home in Elsternwick sparked multiple calls to Triple Zero (000) this afternoon.

More than 20 firefighters were deployed to Seymour Road just after 4:30pm.

Initial crews arrived on scene quickly and were met with a fire that had completely engulfed a home, spreading thick smoke.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection they commenced attacking the fire and worked to contain it.

Crews were able to get the fire under control within 25 minutes.

Thankfully, four occupants safely evacuated the property. Residents in the neighbouring units were also evacuated as a precaution.

The fire is believed to have started in the roof of the property, however investigations into the exact cause continue.

An area of Seymour Road is currently closed and crews are expected to remain at the property for some time to ensure the fire has been completely extinguished. 

A smoke advice message has been issued for residents in Caulfield North and Elsternwick.

Residents sensitive to smoke should close their windows and doors and turn off heating and cooling systems.

At the height of the fire there were seven firefighting appliances on scene including a rescue and an aerial appliance, in addition to three other FRV units.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria units were present and supported FRV at the scene.