Police are investigating suspicious fire in Preston and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward

Written by Javed Iqbal

Police are investigating a fire that broke out in a building containing several vacant shops in Melbourne’s north this morning.

Police described the fire at the one-storey building on High Street in Preston as “suspicious”.

They urged anyone with information to come forward.

A group of police officers and firefighters talk together at the scene of the fire.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 3 o’clock.(ABC News)

Around 60 firefighters were called to the scene around 3am.

They battled the fire for nearly three hours until it was declared under control.

Firefighters evacuated residents from an apartment building next door due to concerns they were at risk from the blaze.

The shop front of an abandoned building with an apartment block next to it.
An apartment building stands next to the vacant shops where the fire broke out.(Google Maps)

Police said in a statement that the building, which was being renovated, had been “significantly damaged”.

An assigned chemist will examine the scene for possible clues as to how the fire started.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through their website.

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