Melbourne fire emergency as large church burns and homes evacuated

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A large fire burns inside a church melbourneresulting in homes being evacuated and hundreds of other residents being warned to stay indoors.

The fire is believed to have started on Punt Road in South Yarra just before 6.25am and is not yet under control.

Around 60 firefighters are on site as a ‘Watch and Act’ message was issued for people living in nearby areas of Albert Park, Cremorne, Melbourne, Prahran, Richmond, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Windsor.

A fire has broken out at a Melbourne church in South Yarra. (9News)
A large fire burns in a church in central Melbourne. (Nine)
The church was heavily damaged by fire. (Nine)

Anyone within a radius of one kilometer of the fire is warned that embers are being emitted from the fire.

Fire Rescue Victoria advised that the church was completely engulfed in fire when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A school is said to be near the scene of the fire.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Punt Road, South Yarra is closed in both directions between Toorak Road and Commercial Road due to a fire at a nearby building.

The church was heavily damaged. (Nine)
The church was burnt down. (Nine)
The scene of the fire. (Nine)

Motorists are advised to use St Kilda Road or Chapel Street instead.

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