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TRAINS have resumed on the Upfield line after fire gutted a building next to the train tracks in Coburg, leaving it structurally unsound.
Buses replaced trains between Upfield and Coburg stations as a result of the blaze at a two-storey building on O’Hea St.
Metro is urging commuters listen for announcements as some services may be altered while it recovers from the disruption.
The building — understood to contain a business downstairs and a residence upstairs — was fully involved when firefighters arrived about 4.20am.
“When we arrived, the fire was through the ceiling at the rear of the top floor,” MFB spokeswoman Heather Stockton said.
Ms Stockton said firefighters initially feared a resident may be inside the burning building, but firefighters did not find anyone when they were able to search it. The man also later turned up at the scene.
It took about 25 firefighters 50 minutes to bring the fire under control.
The fire caused an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 damage.
Most of the roof and part of the back wall, collapsed as a result of the blaze. Damage throughout the property was extensive, Ms Stockton said.
Bricks from the building reportedly fell on the train tracks, adding to firefighters’ concern that any further collapse could cause safety issues for passing trains.
Ms Stockton said the MFB had asked Metro to stop trains on a portion of the Upfield line as the firefighters were worried about the structural integrity of the building, which sits next to train tracks.
A building engineer assessed the building before trains were allowed to resume.
No one was injured in the fire. The cause will be investigated.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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