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Collins Place fire, workers evacuated

Marcella Purnama

Fri Oct 22 2010

Collins Place fire

FIREFIGHTERS are still trying to work out the cause of the blaze that broke out in an office building on the corner of Exhibition St and Flinders Lane this morning.

Spokesman for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade John Rees said the MFB received a call at 10.43am.

Six fire trucks were dispatched and office workers were evacuated from the Collins Place building immediately, Mr Rees said.

An employee from Ernst & Young, Devon Vong, said he witnessed the blaze from his office building next door.

“Collins Place is surrounded by a couple of office buildings, and we could see everyone in the surrounding buildings were looking out the window as well,” Mr Vong said.

He said the fire was put out pretty quickly and workers affected appeared calm in the situation.

Mr Rees said no one was injured in the incident, but the extent of the damage was not yet known.

“It’s only a small fire… and was held under control as soon as we get there,” he said.

Mr Rees said he expected the situation to return to normal pretty quickly.