Five seriously burned in Springvale incident
More than 20 people have been injured, five with serious burns, in a fire at a bank in Springvale, in Melbourne’s south-east.
There are unconfirmed reports a person set themselves alight inside the Commonwealth Bank branch at Springvale Central.
People are being carried from the bank on Springvale Road on stretchers, as paramedics and firefighters treat others on the footpath.
Paramedics have treated 21 people at the scene, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.
Five people, who were inside the bank, suffered serious burns and have been taken to The Alfred hospital.
Sixteen other people have been treated for smoke inhalation, including two children.
They are being treated by paramedics at the scene and will be taken to the Monash Hospital and Dandenong Hospital.
In a statement, the Commonwealth Bank said its “response team” was working with emergency services.
“We can confirm there was an incident at our Springvale branch today. 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,” the statement says.
“Our response team is on site and we are working closely with local authorities and emergency services.”
Springvale Road has been closed in both directions between Balmoral Avenue and Windsor Avenue.
Emergency services outside the Commonwealth Bank in Springvale. Photo: Courtesy of Seven News
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