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Retirement village fire
UPDATE, 8.20am: Police have confirmed all residents of the Tudor Village Mews have been accounted for.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire at a retirement village in Lilydale.
Emergency services were called to the Maroondah Highway property around 6pm last night after reports that a community centre within the village was on fire.
The 30x30 metre building was well alight when firefighters arrived on scene. CFA and MFB crews brought the fire under control in just under an hour but last night were yet to examine the scene due to safety concerns.
18 CFA trucks and vehicles from Lilydale, Coldstream, Monbulk, Mt Evelyn, the Ranges Group, Yarra Glen, District 13, Bayswater, Mooroolbark and North Warrandyte three MFB trucks responded to the fire with more than 50 firefighters in attendance.
Last night police cordoned off the area and investigators will attend this morning to continue their investigation.
Officers doorknocked the village last night but were been unable to account for all residents.
Investigators believe that a number of residents may be on holidays or left the village when the fire began.
Any residents of Tudor Village Mews who have not spoken to police are asked to contact the Lilydale Police Station on 9739 2300 to have their names checked off a resident list.
Night time images by Ian Hunter.