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Lovett tower evacuated

By 15 January 2013 9

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ACT Fire & Rescue are currently investigating smoke in a basement at Lovatt Tower, Keltie Street, Phillip.

Up to 600 people have been evacuated from the 22 level office high rise building as a precaution whilst crews investigate the source of the smoke.

No sign of fire at this stage.

Two fire pumpers on scene with the Breathing Apparatus Support Vehicle, the Bronto Skylift Hydraulic Platform, the Hazardous Materials Unit and a Command vehicle.

Update to follow.

9:14 AM

ACT Fire & Rescue are continuing to search for the cause of the smoke in the basement of the high rise building.

Building remains evacuated at this stage as a precaution.

9:40 AM

ACT Fire & Rescue crews are continuing to ventilate the basement area of the high rise building.

No cause of smoke has been found.

Staff have been permitted to return to the building.

Crews will depart the scene shortly.

10:27 AM

[Courtesy ESA, Photo by P1]

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9 Responses to Lovett tower evacuated
#1
Holden Caulfield9:26 am, 15 Jan 13

Drama!

And the ESA writer strikes again; that’d be Lovett with an ‘e’.

#2
Antagonist9:44 am, 15 Jan 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Drama!

And the ESA writer strikes again; that’d be Lovett with an ‘e’.

+1. I note that the Wiki article has only one citation, which links to the wrong Lovetts. It was not named after a second-rate Essendon footballer. It was named after a family of ATSI soldiers who served in WW2.

“ACT Fire & Rescue are currently investigating smoke in a basement at Lovatt Tower, Keltie Street, Phillip.”

In a basement at Lovatt (sic) Tower? Last time I worked there, we only had one basement. It had been that way since the bulding was constructed in 1973. How many basements do they have now?

#3
Holden Caulfield9:57 am, 15 Jan 13

Workers are now back in the building, I’m told by one who works there.

#4
Roundhead8911:18 am, 15 Jan 13

The basement of Lovett Tower? That used to be a bar/tavern in the 1980s when it was still MLC Tower.

#5
Aeek11:26 am, 15 Jan 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Drama!

And the ESA writer strikes again; that’d be Lovett with an ‘e’.

at least they didn’t spell it MLC

#6
Basilbrush3:38 pm, 15 Jan 13

Lovett Tower is the tall one (formerly MLC Tower) and the people look like they are walking out of another building – maybe Centra Plaza?

#7
astrojax4:32 pm, 15 Jan 13

Basilbrush said :

Lovett Tower is the tall one (formerly MLC Tower) and the people look like they are walking out of another building – maybe Centra Plaza?

no, it was lovett tower, from my source. probably millling round centra plaza and heading off to the mall for ‘errands’ or coffees.

i also heard that all occupants were later found deceased from gas poisoning, but that may have been a wind-up…

#8
p17:12 pm, 15 Jan 13

Basilbrush said :

Lovett Tower is the tall one (formerly MLC Tower) and the people look like they are walking out of another building – maybe Centra Plaza?

That building they appear to be comming from has a huge breeze way though it from the courtyard/square/open place bounded by Auspost, CPS, Soul bar, commbank, etc.

#9
Aeek9:46 pm, 15 Jan 13

p1 said :

That building they appear to be coming from has a huge breeze way though it from the courtyard/square/open place bounded by Auspost, CPS, Soul bar, commbank, etc.

That would be them returning after the initial evacuation, after which things got confused.
Aging Building Syndrome.

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