Chadstone Shopping Centre car park closed after vehicles catch on fire
A car park at Australia’s biggest shopping centre has been evacuated after a fire involving several cars.
Firefighters were called to the centre just after 1:30pm after a fire broke out in the Chadstone Shopping Centre car park.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said more than 12 fire trucks and 40 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked to contain the blaze, and brought it under control just before 2:30pm.
In a statement, Victoria Police said the fire was believed to have been caused by a vehicle fault.
“At 2:10pm today there was a fire in a car park on the west side of Chadstone shopping centre in the vicinity of Dandenong Road and Chadstone Road,” the statement said.
“The smoke and fire impacted other vehicles in the car park.
“There was a controlled partial evacuation of the shopping centre due to the smoke.
“The fire is deemed accidental due to a vehicle fault.
“The MFB is removing the smoke from the car park and monitoring air quality.
“The eastern side of the shopping centre is still operational.”
The shopping centre said the fire had been contained to the David Jones department store section of the car park.
“Fortunately no-one was injured, but a number of cars were affected,” the centre tweeted.
Level P1 of the car park was evacuated and the car park was closed at all levels as a precaution, the centre said.
The affected car park would be closed until further notice, the centre said.
But the rest of the shopping complex was not affected and was continuing to trade.
The MFB said crews were working to ventilate the car park.
It was urging the public to avoid the area to keep roads clear so that emergency services can respond.
Paramedics and police were also on scene.