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Maccas fire investigated
A bin fire has threatened the Chelsea Heights McDonalds store and Victoria Police is investigating the cause.
Staff from the nearby KFC were the first to notice smoke from the dumpmaster bins behind the store at 11:51am, and quick thinking McDonalds staff evacuated customers and slowed the fire using dry chemical fire extinguishers.
Members from Victoria Police were dining inside the restaurant at the time and began an immediate investigation.
Crews from Edithvale, Patterson River and Springvale contained the fire to the bins and minor electrical damage to light fittings and used a positive pressure fan to ventilate smoke from the building.
Senior Station Officer Jason Deason said the fire was putting up a large plume of smoke as they approached the job. He was impressed by the actions McDonalds staff took regarding evacuations and proceedures.
Both McDonalds and KFC have reopened after power was restored to the complex.
Images and video by Keith Pakenham - CFA. Fire images by Jayde Kent-Russell.