Coronavirus testing site in Melbourne is set on fire


Coronavirus testing site in Melbourne is set on fire and a security guard is injured during the blaze

  •  Coronavirus testing site in Mernda, north Melbourne, was set on fire on Monday
  •  Two security guards on duty noticed the marquee was ablaze around 10.35pm 
  •  Emergency services put out the fire, which caused minor damage to the tent
  •  Paramedics treated one of the security guards for minor smoke inhalation 
  •  Police want to speak to three men in their twenties who attended the site  

A coronavirus testing site has been set on fire and injured one of the security guards on duty.  

The closed testing tent in Mernda, north of Melbourne, was set alight at around 10.35pm on Monday. 

Two security guards stationed at the Waterview Recreation Reserve site noticed the blaze and contacted emergency services. 

A coronavirus testing site in Mernda, north Melbourne, (pictured) was set on fire around 10.35pm on Monday night and a security guard on duty contacted emergency services

Three firefighting crews attended to extinguish the blaze (the damaged testing marquee pictured above) and one of the security guards was treated for minor smoke inhalation

Three firefighting crews attended to extinguish the blaze (the damaged testing marquee pictured above) and one of the security guards was treated for minor smoke inhalation  

Fire Rescue Victoria rushed to the testing site to put out the blaze, which caused minor damage to the side of the marquee.  

A Country Fire Authority spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia three crews responded to the fire on Waterview Drive. 

‘Three CFA units from Mernda and Doreen attended the incident.

‘A stop was issued on the incident at 10.52pm and the scene was handed to Victoria Police,’ the spokesperson said.   

Paramedics also checked one of the security guards for minor smoke inhalation and he was cleared to resume work.  

Victoria Police are investigating the incident and are seeking to speak to three men aged in their twenties. 

The men were spoken to by the security guards shortly before the fire started. 

Victoria Police are investigating the incident at the Mernda testing site (pictured) and want to speak to three men aged in their twenties who attended the site before the fire

 Victoria Police are investigating the incident at the Mernda testing site (pictured) and want to speak to three men aged in their twenties who attended the site before the fire

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers. 

Victoria recorded 70 new cases of coronavirus and five deaths on Tuesday.

The figures come after the state recorded its highest death toll yet with 41 fatalities on Monday.  

Melbourne remains under a draconian stage four lockdown where residents must remain indoors between 8pm and 5am. 

Melburnians may leave their homes for one hour of exercise per day and must remain within 5km of their homes.

It is also mandatory to wear a mask unless conducting strenuous exercise or because of a valid medical condition. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is also expected to change the state of emergency legislation on Tuesday and prepare a roadmap to easing restrictions on Sunday.   

Victoria recorded 5 deaths and 70 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday (the marquee coronavirus testing site in Mernda pictured before the fire)

Victoria recorded 5 deaths and 70 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday (the marquee coronavirus testing site in Mernda pictured before the fire)

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