Degraves St fire: smoke rises over Melbourne CBD

A POPULAR laneway in Melbourne’s CBD has been evacuated this afternoon after a cafe caught fire, sending staff fleeing out the front.

MFB Firefighters in breathing apparatus extinguished the fire and used a thermal imaging camera to check for fire extension in the walls and ceilings.

Flinders Lane will remain closed for some time.

A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman said firefighters had brought the blaze under control within 15 minutes but significant smoke was still lingering.

People were advised to avoid the area.

Source: Degraves St fire: smoke rises over Melbourne CBD