Club Dakota, a nightclub in Melbourne, went ablaze early Monday morning, incurring $1 million worth of damage as well as causing destruction on two shops nearby.
Firefighters responded to a call from the Melbourne nightclub located in Maroondah Highway in Ringwood east of Melbourne after 2:30 a.m.
The blaze reached up to 10 meters high and had to be taken out by a total of 45 firefighters driving nine firetrucks, two aerial units and members from the rescue unit. It took them an hour and a half to put the fire out.
“We’ve been successful in containing it within the building. However, the two buildings on either side have been damaged by smoke,” Bruce Pickthall from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said.
Mitchal Towns, owner of Towns Real Estate located next door, was pleased that the fire only incurred a slight damage to his business.
“We’re really blessed we didn’t lose the building. I thought I’d come down here and it’d be gone,” Towns said, according to Nine News.
Given the building’s age, there are fears that it may have contained asbestos, thus necessitating a community warning for smoke. The MFB has urged people who have heart and lung conditions to avoid the area.
No one was inside the club when it caught fire. Investigators have now created a crime scene and are set to determine the cause of the fire, which they say may have been intentional, according to the Daily Mail.
This isn’t the first fire incident to take place in the country for this week alone, as a loud explosion caused a fire to break out at the Marouba Café east of Sydney just last week, causing dozens of people to be evacuated from the building.
Additionally, an explosion at a factory in Auburn also caused a fire four days ago. Firefighters tried to keep the blaze under control, and everyone within 100 from the factory and neighboring buildings had to be evacuated.