Man Arrested After Allegedly Flooding 18-Storey Melbourne CBD Apartment Building

Firefighters arrived at the scene late Sunday night to find every single fire hydrant on all 18 floors turned on.

What you need to know
  • A 27-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly flooding a Melbourne CBD apartment building
  • Firefighters arrived at the scene late Sunday night to find that every single fire hydrant on every single floor had been turned on
  • A 47-year-old maintenance worker was injured when a water pipe burst and a jet of water hit him in the face
  • The building remains evacuated, with residents unable to return to their homes until an inspection is complete

A man has allegedly and maliciously flooded his 18-storey Melbourne apartment building after opening every single fire hydrant on every single floor.

Emergency services were called out to the Southbank building on City Road at 9.40pm on Sunday night, to find thousands of liters of water pouring out the front door and residents evacuating.

Footage from those evacuating showed water spilling out onto the street.

The alleged offender, a 27-year-old man from Traralgon, barricaded himself inside a lower floor room, police say. He was arrested, and has been taken to hospital for assessment.

There were no reports of injuries among the residents.

All 120 occupants of the building were evacuated, standing on the street while emergency workers attended the scene.

One resident who evacuated the building told Ten Eyewitness News that they saw water from Level 13.

"We're on Level 22, so there was no water up there," she said.

"We only heard the alarm. We came out, and there was water on the staircase."

The building will remain unoccupied until surveyors complete an inspection.

Firefighters managed to turn off the hydrants and commenced an immediate salvage operation, but a 47-year-old maintenance worker was injured as a jet of water from a burst pipe hit him in the face.

The worker has been transported to hospital for treatment. There have been no other reports of injuries.

The building remains evacuated, with all 120 occupants unable to return home until building surveyors complete their inspection.

A Melbourne Apartment Building Floods After Man Allegedly Opens Every Single Fire Hydrant