Posted: 18 November, 2016 by AAP

More Than 20 People Injured In Fire Attack At Bank In South-East Melbourne


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A man who allegedly set a Melbourne bank ablaze, injuring more than 20 people, is under police guard in hospital.

Emergency crews were called to the Commonwealth Bank in Springvale on Friday just before midday.

"Police responded to reports that a man had allegedly set fire to a Springvale Road bank in Springvale about 11.30am today," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said in a statement.

"The man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition under police guard."

Paramedics have also treated a further 20 people.

Ambulance Victoria say five of those suffered serious burns and have been taken to The Alfred hospital.

Another 16 people - including two children - are experiencing breathing problems.

They are being treated at the scene and will be taken to Monash and Dandenong hospitals in a stable condition, Ambulance Victoria says.

Police have closed Springvale Road between Balmoral Avenue and Windsor Avenue.

Four CFA trucks were deployed and the blaze was brought under control by 12.25pm.

The Commonwealth Bank in a statement said its first priority was the safety of staff and customers.

"As a result the branch will remain closed for the rest of the day," a spokesman said.

"Our response team is on site and we are working closely with local authorities and emergency services."

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A fire at a bank in Springvale has left multiple people requiring medical attention.

Paramedics are on scene outside the Commonwealth Bank branch on Main St where it is reported that some patients are in a 'serious condition'.

Channel Nine reports some patients are "suffering a mixture of burns and smoke inhalation."

More to come.

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