Arson Squad detectives will investigate a rapid fire that engulfed the former Goldfingers strip club and spread to nearby buildings in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The three-story fire broke out after midnight at the intersection of Lonsdale and King streets in Melbourne’s CBD, ravaging the site.
The first fire crews on the scene were forced to call in reinforcements as the fire spread to nearby buildings.
Police have set up a crime scene and King Street remains closed between Little Bourke and Little Lonsdale streets. Lonsdale Street is closed between King and Spencer Streets.
“There will be significant delays as the intersection will be closed to traffic and pedestrians for some time,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
Several callers called emergency services at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, reporting flames coming from the building and windows shattered by the intensity of the blaze.
Firefighters arrived on the scene less than four minutes after receiving the first call.
The blaze took nearly 90 minutes for 50 firefighters to bring under control and firefighters are expected to be on the scene all morning putting out the flames and containing runoff.