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Residents evacuated as Preston fire fills streets with smoke

A building fire in the northern suburbs of Melbourne took about three hours to extinguish and forced nearby residents to evacuate early Saturday morning.

Sixty firefighters were dispatched to Preston’s High Street, where it broke out shortly after 3:00 am in an empty former furniture store near the corner of Bell Street.

An empty former furniture store went up in flames overnight.credit:Chris Bedelago

A spokesman for Fire Rescue Victoria said after a series of triple zero calls, firefighters arrived on the scene within four minutes to find the large one-story building completely burnt.

About 50 residents were evacuated from an adjacent apartment complex due to the “threat” from the fire, a spokesperson said.

No one was injured in this fire.

Smoke from the blaze clouded the streets more than 150 meters from the blaze.

The fire was brought under control before 6:00 a.m., but crew remained on site at Preston to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

The northbound lane of High Street between Bell and Bruce streets will be closed for the time being on Saturday. The DOT encourages drivers to seek alternative routes through Preston, such as Plenty Road and St George’s Road.

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Residents evacuated as Preston fire fills streets with smoke

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