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Reports “A number of people” are injured after a person threatening self-harm set themselves alight in a Commonwealth Bank branch in Melbourne.

A 21-year-old man has set himself alight in a Melbourne bank causing an explosion that left himself and five others in a critical condition.

The 21-year-man has been placed under police guard in hospital.

“He had some sort of accelerant with him in a container,” Inspector Jacqui Poida told reporters at the scene.

“Somehow that accelerant was lit inside the bank. He set himself alight with that fire.”

Paramedics rushed to the Commonwealth Bank on Springvale Road after reports of self-harm, 9 news reports.

A witness wrote on Facebook they saw people coming out of the building, saying their “faces were all black and their [sic] suffocating”.

CFA officers are at the scene and the incident is listed as “not yet under control”.

Springvale Road is closed in both directions between Balmoral Avenue and Windsor Avenue.

Paramedics have treated 27 people for a mixture of burns and smoke inhalation. Six people have serious burns and were taken to the Alfred Hospital.

21 others – including three children – have breathing problems, and will be taken to the Monash and Dandenong Hospitals in a stable condition.

Commonwealth Bank Australia released a statement confirming the incident.
“Our first priority is the safety of our staff and customers and as a result, the branch will remain closed for the rest of the day,” the statement read.

“Our response team is on site, and we are working closely with authorities and emergency services.”

Victoria Police have said, they responded to reports that a man had allegedly set fire to a Springvale Road bank in Springvale about 11.30am today (Friday 18 Nov). The man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition under police guard. Twenty members of the public will be taken to hospital – four in a serious condition. The bank has been evacuated and Springvale Road has been closed in both directions.

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  • So sad for everyone involved. So many people affected

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  • Indeed a traumatic event for all involved !!
    The urge to self-harm can be really strong. Although it has a dramatic component the undertone is one of desperation and often depression. I hope the 21 year old man gets the help he needs.

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  • How traumatic for everyone. I hoe he gets help.

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  • So so sad. Knowing how desperate people can be to take this action is heartbreaking.

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  • Was he trying to commit suicide in front of an audience? He obviously has issues that need resolving.

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  • I read over this. Really shocking! I hope all the people involved will receive some psychological help.

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  • I hope all the people involved recover quickly from their injuries and do not have any lasting effects from the chemicals used….

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  • This was just horrific to hear this evening. Do hope all the innocent victims of this stupid action by the 21 yo will be OK.

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  • Wishing a speedy recovery to everyone caught up in this

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  • A shocking story,hope all the people harmed will be okay.

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  • It is no wonder people are falling apart. Our Society has become all about greed and less about fairness.

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  • would definitely like more info when available please

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