UPDATE @ 1.50pm: More than 20 people have been injured in a fire at a Commonwealth Bank in Melbourne’s southeast.
Emergency services raced to the Springvale Road branch around 11.30am today after receiving reports a man had set fire to the inside of the building.
20 people, including three children, were treated at the scene for burns and smoke inhalation. They have since been taken to hospital for treatment.
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Four are in a serious condition.
Commonwealth Bank released a statement online, saying that support teams had been dispatched to the branch and hospitals where the victims have been taken.
“We are deeply concerned for everyone who has been affected and we continue to work with local authorities and emergency services to provide any assistance required,” the statement read.
“CBA has sent support teams to the scene and to hospitals where the injured have been taken.
“Given the damage from the fire at the branch and road closures in the area, we ask customers who require banking services to visit us at branches in Noble Park, Waverley Gardens or Clayton.
“We do not have any further information as to the cause of the incident. We will provide updates when we have more to share.
A 21-year-old Springvale man is in a serious condition in hospital under police guard.
Commonwealth Bank fire in Springvale. Looks like an explosion? pic.twitter.com/rAYZGAgsC7
— Solf (@sunprawn) November 18, 2016
EARLIER @11.50am: More than 20 people have been injured in a fire at a Commonwealth Bank in Melbourne’s southeast.
Emergency services have swooped on the Springvale Road branch at Springvale, where they can be seen treating several patients on the footpath.
According to multiple reports, a person allegedly set themselves on fire inside the business, however this has not been confirmed.
Photos uploaded to social media show several people being treated by paramedics at the scene, some of whom were stretchered out of the building.
At least 21 people, including two children, are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
Five people are believed to be in a serious condition.
Commonwealth Bank released a statement online, confirming the bank will remain closed for the remainder of the day.
“We can confirm that there was an incident at our Springvale branch today,” the statement read.
“Our first priority is the safety of our staff and customers and as a result the branch will remain closed for the rest of the day.
“Our response team is on site and we are working closely with local authorities and emergency services.”
This is a breaking news story. More information will be uploaded as it becomes available.
See below our statement re: incident at Springvale branch. pic.twitter.com/QXak8OLbdb
— CBA Newsroom (@CBAnewsroom) November 18, 2016
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) November 18, 2016
A number of people have been injured after reports of a fire at a Commonwealth Bank branch in Melbourne. #Springvale 7News
— 7 News Queensland (@7NewsQueensland) November 18, 2016
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