26 people were hurt after a man set fire to a busy bank in Australia


Twenty-six individuals were harmed Friday, some critically, after a man set fire to a busy bank in Australia with one witness saying he heard a "big blast" and youngsters shouting.

Police said the man entered the Commonwealth Bank office in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale with combustible fluid. A few reports said he soaked himself with the quickening agent and went up on fire, despite the fact that this was not affirmed.

"He had some kind of quickening agent with him. A compartment, not certain what he had. What's more, some way or another that quickening agent was lit inside the bank," Inspector Jacqui Poida said.

The rationale was not clear and Poida said it was too soon to tell in the event that it was fear related.

Paramedics said six of those harmed were in a basic condition. One is accepted to be the suspect, who is under police protect in healing center.

Fire groups were rapidly on the scene with Country Fire Authority official Paul Carrigg saying the ways to the bank were closed when they arrived.

"The fire was inside the building. So they entered with breathing device and hoselines. They protected 25 individuals, with a scope of wounds from minor smolders and genuine wounds," he said.

"You can glimpse inside the bank, it's exceptionally dark. There would have been a great deal of blazes to begin with and a considerable measure of smoke."

He included that "we comprehend that there's been a blast in the bank".

Witness Ashley Atkin-Fone, hailed a legend in the wake of running into the bank to help, said he listened "a major impact" and youngsters shouting.

"This child comes running out all smoldered, shouting his take off … blood wherever … I was stunned for a few the minutes," he told the Herald Sun daily paper.

Atkin-Fone got a fire douser from a close-by shop and kept running into the bank to attempt and put out the flares, saying: "What do you do? Senses just kicked in."

Another witness Ernie Gonzalez told the Melbourne Age bank employees needed to gone through the flares to escape the building.

"I could see blazes in the passageway and I could see individuals running out shrouded in charcoal – they were dark," he said.

The Commonwealth Bank, Australia's greatest, said the branch would stay close for whatever remains of the day, with its reaction group nearby.

"We are working intimately with neighborhood powers and crisis administrations," it said in an announcement.