Firefighters had to use fire extinguishers to put out a fire in a Melbourne building undergoing renovation work as water at the site had been cut off.
At 10:24 a.m. on Monday, around 30 firefighters were called to the St. James building in William Street after a welder ignited the fire on the seventh floor, according to a report from Australian Associated Press (AAP).
Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commander Lou Mele says crews had to use extinguishers because water to the site had already been cut off during the renovation work.
Fortunately, the blaze was contained within half an hour and prevented from spreading to other floors. There were no injuries apart from one workman needing treatment for smoke inhalation.
“It’s a very lucky escape considering it’s under construction and it’s a good 70 feet above ground,” Mele said.
Workers from nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution and nearby traffic was disrupted.
The fire follows another incident at a nearby Docklands building site where a worker dislocated his shoulder after falling from the eighth storey through a small hole in the roof.