Arriving within five minutes crews wearing breathing apparatus assessed the scene and worked to suppress the blaze that had engulfed half of the 50x40m warehouse containing gaskets and plastics with hose lines until the building showed signs of collapse.
Crews then began to suppress the fire from a safe distance with aerial appliance support and stopped it from spreading to nearby properties including South Melbourne Primary School, which has closed for the day.
The scene was brought under control at 2:18am. Thankfully there were no injuries.
Nine Pumpers, one Teleboom, one Ladder Platform and one Rescue unit were assisted by nine specialist and support vehicles. Specialist HAZMAT firefighters have conducted atmospheric monitoring while RPAS continues to monitor for hotpots from the air.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Victoria Police.
FRV is also being supported by EPA, Ambulance Victoria paramedics and local utility companies.
As a result of the fire Stop 126 (City Road) has been suspended on route 96 until further notice. The light rail will continue to run normally otherwise.
Road users are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.
Reviewed 27 October 2021