A crane was used to construct a roof for a house in North Melbourne that was severely damaged when a roof fell on the house and a fire erupted, a contractor has said.
Key points:Rooftop roof was knocked off by a craneWork began on Tuesday to replace roofA contractor said he was given permission to work on the roof on TuesdayThe contractor said the roof had been knocked off after a fire broke out in the property’s living roomThe roof fell onto the house after a storm that had not affected the building or the surrounding area, the contractor said.
The roof was pulled off the home after about an hour on Tuesday.
The contractor was working on a project at the time of the incident, which occurred at the North Melbourne Country Club, when the roof fell, he said.
“The house had been built on a small lot, with an attached garden.”
I’m told it was only when the fire broke in that a crane came and went,” he said on Tuesday afternoon.
He said the fire was extinguished after about 15 minutes, although he did not know how long it would take to do so.
A crane was then used to repair the damage.
Mr Smith said he had been given permission by the council to work “on a small amount” of the roof.”
The building has been a long-term resident of North Melbourne and I’ve been given that permission,” he told 7.30.
Firefighters were called to the scene in the early hours of Wednesday.”
It appears to be a very quick and relatively minor incident,” a spokeswoman for North Melbourne Fire Brigade said.”
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and a large number of firefighters from other agencies were also called to extinguish the fire.
“The blaze was quickly contained to the building’s roof.
North Melbourne fire chief David Trenholme said the contractor had agreed to return to work with the building on the next morning.”
He did agree to return on the following day and is expected to be on site tomorrow morning,” he wrote in an email.
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