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Former hospital goes up in smoke

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August 14, 2017

Several CFA units attended the scene of yesterday afternoon's fire in the rear section of the old Mooroopna Base Hospital.

Several CFA units attended the scene of a fire in the back section of the old Mooroopna base hospital yesterday.

Police also attended the scene at 4.30pm where vehicles worked from the Park St entrance, near the Mooroopna Museum and Historical Society.

Museum volunteer Val Hill looked on and said she had heard noises coming from the building during her shift from 1pm to 4pm.

‘‘It was probably around 3pm when I heard them,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve never been so frightened in my life.’’

Mrs Hill could hear things crashing around inside the old hospital.

Dina Cardello also watched on after working at the Mooroopna base hospital for almost 30 years.

‘‘It’s sad no-one is doing anything about the building,’’ she said.

Her comment was reiterated by several onlookers.

One onlooker Kelly feared for children’s safety as they often entered the abandoned site.

‘‘They need to do something about it,’’ she said.

Mooroopna Fire Brigade captain Ray Stockwell said investigations were ongoing into the cause of the blaze, which was brought under control within an hour.

Mr Stockwell said emergency services were unaware of any occupants in the building at the time of the fire.

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