Burn­ing ques­tions re­main over Nylex blaze

Herald Sun - - NEWS - DAVID HURLEY

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mas­sive fire at Mel­bourne’s iconic Nylex clock have no firm sus­pects in mind but are keep­ing an open mind as to the mo­tive.

Con­cerns have been raised that the blaze was de­lib­er­ately lit, pos­si­bly by squat­ters, or some­body else. About 60 fire­fight­ers bat­tled the enor­mous Gough St blaze in an aban­doned fac­tory near the Nylex clock for more than two hours early on Sun­day morn­ing.

While the clock was spared in the fire, the fac­tory was de­stroyed in the in­ferno.

De­tec­tives have con­cluded foren­sics in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the scene and the build­ing has been given the all clear.

Cay­don Prop­erty Group are the own­ers and de­vel­op­ers of the Nylex clock site.

Cay­don prin­ci­pal Joe Russo said the de­vel­oper would work with po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the cause.

“Cay­don has a num­ber of se­cu­rity mea­sures in place to pre­vent un­law­ful en­try at the site, in­clud­ing perime­ter fenc­ing, haz­ardous ma­te­rial warn­ing sig­nage, locks on all ex­ter­nal gates and doors, and 24/7 se­cu­rity pa­trols,” Mr Russo said.

“The scale, con­fig­u­ra­tion and her­itage re­stric­tions of this unique site presents nu­mer­ous chal­lenges, and it is im­pos­si­ble to com­pletely pre­vent un­wanted ac­cess from those de­ter­mined to ac­cess the site.’’

ANY­ONE WITH IN­FOR­MA­TION SHOULD CON­TACT CRIMESTOP­PERS ON 1800 333 000

Main pic­ture: IAN CUR­RIE

The Nylex Clock site af­ter a fire broke out early on Sun­day morn­ing (in­set).

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