A fire climbed several storeys of a Melbourne apartment tower this morning, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate the Spencer Street building.
The Age reports fifteen Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) units were called to the scene around 5am this morning, following reports of a blaze on the exterior of the building.
The fire started on a balcony and quickly jumped at least six storeys, 3AW reports.
Footage shot near Southern Cross Station shows the extent of the fire.
Firefighters appeared to have the fire contained by 6:30am.
There have been no reports of injuries or deaths as a result of the fire, and MFB advised the blaze is no longer a threat to the community.
Spencer Street remains closed in both directions between Bourke Street and Little Bourke Street, impacting Route 86 trams through the CBD. Commuters passing through Southern Cross Station have been advised to take care near the site of the fire.
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