Four children were taken to hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. Three of the children were flown by air ambulance to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious condition – a male infant, a female infant and a primary school-aged boy. A preschool-aged girl was in a serious but stable condition and taken to the Northern Hospital.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said that three adults – two women in their 30s and a man in his 30s – were in The Alfred hospital burns unit in serious conditions. Another adult was taken to the Northern Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
A CFA media spokesman said 16 tankers were called to the fire, and it took firefighters about two hours to bring the blaze under control.
“A single-storey structure was fully involved [with fire] on arrival,” he said. “The last crews left the scene at around 5am. Crews will attend later [Sunday] morning to ensure no further hotspots on the structure.”