Burning questions remain over Nylex blaze
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
The Nylex Clock site after a fire broke out early on Sunday morning (inset).