By Tate Papworth
A massive fire last weekend is the death knell for a condemned St Albans property.
Permits have been issued to demolish the abandoned house at 301 Main Road East after fire tore through it about 5pm on Saturday, March 2.
The weatherboard property is known to be frequented by squatters and has been plagued by fires and overdoses for several years.
Brimbank council has received 16 complaints about the property since 2009.
City development director Kelvin Walsh last week said enough was enough.
“Building permits have now been issued by a private building surveyor to demolish the building,” he said.
“Since 2009, council has received 16 complaints about this property. Council has investigated each complaint and issued notices to the owner.
“Where these notices weren’t complied with and where we could, council has arranged for contractors to carry out these works at a cost to the owner.
“This has included installing temporary fencing to restrict access.”
About 24 firefighers responded to the March 2 fire after multiple calls that a person was still in the house.
Crews battled thick smoke to search the building. One man sustained burns and was transferred into the care of paramedics.
The fire was brought under control in less than 17 minutes, however firefighters had to undergo decontamination procedures to ensure their safety after fears the building contained asbestos.