On Wednesday 22 August, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade attended a fire on the 4th floor of 8 Nicholson Street in East Melbourne.

Initial crews were called at 7:11pm and arrived on scene in just 3 minutes after being alerted via an automatic alarm and 000 calls citing smoke.

All occupants safely evacuated

All occupants were safely evacuated from the building and there were no reports of injury. Read the MFB media release about the incident.

The department worked quickly to inform staff and visitors that the building would remain closed while damage assessments and rectification works continued.

While the building was deemed not safe to occupy until further notice, all staff were accounted for and there were no reported injuries.

DELWP relocated staff to other buildings in the CBD, with many staff working remotely, ensuring the department was able to continue delivering services to customers, the community and stakeholders.

Staff safety

Staff safety is our top priority. A series of tests has been conducted to ensure the safety of staff at 8 Nicholson Street. The building has been tested to ensure the quality of air and water, as well as the fire management systems and air conditioning.

Reopening of building

Now that all tests have been conducted and rectification works, cleaning and detailing have been carried out, the building has now been reopened and we are undertaking a staged return of staff.

Further information

If you have any queries, please contact the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186