FIRE demolished a house and damaged neighbouring buildings, including the Warragul Child Care Centre, in Warragul’s CBD today.
Above: the house demolished by fire. Photos: William PJ Kulich.
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Warragul Police senior constable Paula Fowler told media emergency services arrived on the scene at 11:30 to find the house “totally engulfed with flames.”
“There has been no loss of life or injury and we’ve had all the services here,” Constable Fowler told media at 12:30.
“Fire has affected other buildings but we are working on that at the moment.
“At the moment there’s still fire in the roof of the child care centre, which has been evacuated.
“When the fire started there were people in the house but they had evacuated by the time police got there.
“At this stage we don’t know the cause.
“There were some issues with the power so we had to get the power, and gas companies here.”
Power lines from the building were sparking after falling and power was not switched off until some time after the house was largely destroyed.
Warragul Child Care Centre spokesperson Danielle Blackney told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen all children and staff were safe. Around 20 children and five staff were evacuated from the site.
“We saw smoke coming alongside the centre. As soon as we saw the smoke we just went into evacuation mode and got the kids out,” Ms Blackney said.
“Everyone’s out safe.
“They got evacuated over to Warragul Primary School where the school assists us and supply a room for us in case of emergency, and they’re all over there happy.”
The Victoria Street/Albert Street intersection was closed while fire crews worked to contain the blaze.
Update – 02:20: the Warragul Newsagency is taking donations for the family affected.
Above: the side of the child care centre.
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