CFA crews extinguish fire in former church

FIRE crews have extinguished a blaze that engulfed a former Golden Point church this morning.

Ballarat City Fire received the call out around 9.40am, when residents along Grant Street noticed flames billowing from the apex of the church.

Ballarat City Fire station officer David Brown said the two owners of the property were doing renovations when the fire started.

"The fire was purely accidental, there is no belief that is was suspicious," Mr Brown said.

"The owners were made aware of the fire by neighbours who noticed smoke coming from the building."

The fire was extinguished around 10am.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics on scene said one person admitted themselves to hospital.

Both owners of the property were checked out at the scene.

Eight fire trucks, two ambulance and two police crews were on scene.

Plumes of smoke were moving over eastern areas of Ballarat during the fire, with the CFA issuing the following Advice notice:

Issued For: Canadian, Golden Point

Fire Origin: GOLDEN POINT (BALLARAT)

Incident Name: GRANT ST 

Issued: 09/02/14 10:08 AM

 This Advice message is being issued by Country Fire Authority for Canadian, Golden Point.

 Firefighters are responding to a fire in the GOLDEN POINT (BALLARAT) area.

There is no threat to communities.

There is a structure fire in the area of Grant street Golden Point.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The next update is expected by 09/02/14 12:00 PM or as the situation changes.

Safety Information:

If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

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