Seaford residents have been urged to leave the area after a gas cylinder exploded, sparking a fire at a former factory that ignited a bushfire nearby.
Multiple structures are now alight, with 23 firetrucks and police on the scene. The fire has spread to grassland and vacant industrial buildings nearby.
Helicopter footage shows multiple cars have been burnt out.
The bushfire is now travelling south west from from Webb Street, Seaford toward Dandenong Frankston Road. Embers are starting fires up to 1 kilometre in front of the main blaze.
Paramedics treated three people at the scene. One person suffered burns and has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Residents of the south-eastern suburb were urged to take action as the temperature in Melbourne soared past 42 degrees.
Local resident Richard, who asked not to have his last name published, said his friends heard one loud explosion followed by three more smaller ones.
“The fire looks like it’s caught into the grass, it’s spreading into the back of the petrol station and across the road into the church,” he said. “My friend can see fire coming from the garden of one house.”
A watch and act was issued for Seaford, Frankston North, Seaford South, Karingal and Carrum Downs after the gas cylinder ignited a structure fire, which later turned into a bushfire.
The CFA urges anyone in the area to leave immediately.
Another fire has ignited in the nearby Bunarong Park, with a watch and act also issued for the area.
It is one of several significant fires burning across Victoria.
An emergency warning was issued about 4.50pm after a grassfire in the state’s west ignited and started racing south toward Ben Major Forest and the town of Lexton.
The fire is threatening the township and the site of Rainbow Serpent Festival, which set to begin on January 24.
In the state’s far west, a watch and act warning has been issued for a fire burning west of Dunkeld. A wind change is expected for later in the evening that could push the fire toward the Grampians.
A watch and act has also been issued for a fire in Brookville in the state’s east, where a blaze has ignited and is travelling north toward the town.
Credit: The Age