Lygon Street Businesses Destroyed After Suspicious Fire
A number of Lygon Street Businesses were set ablaze as a fire started from inside a two-storey building undergoing renovation, which caused estimated $2 million in damages to business.
According to a report by the Herald Sun, emergency services were alerted before one in the morning to come to the restaurant district. The emergency report stated that there were explosions heard and an out-of-control fire.
The flames were able to burn the top floor and push through to the neighbouring reception area. The Japanese on the building’s ground floor was also damaged by the fire.
As the building was still on fire, a wall fell into a laneway, making the building questionable regarding its structural integrity since it houses a number of businesses.
An estimated number of 15 residents were evacuated in the area and a TraveLodge motel was set up to make sure they are away from danger while waiting for when it is safe to come back to their homes.
60 firefighters were dispatched to the area. However, the fire was only controlled after an hour and 10 minutes. Currently, Lygon St down to Grattan St is closed, while Grattan St is also closed for people going east from Lygon as firefighters remain at the scene to make sure that the fire is fully extinguished.
According to ABC News, authorities are currently investigating the cause of this suspicious incident.
Speaking to The Herald Sun, Mey Welch, a nail salon employee across the burnt building, said that she often eats at the now-damaged Japanese restaurant.
“I can’t believe it, I know the staff very well and they will be so upset,” she said. “I don’t know the owner of the restaurant. They are never here and never come in.”
Regarding the building above, Welch said it has been empty for some time already.
“No one lives up there or works … I believe it’s just empty,” she said.