CHRISTMAS presents collected by a charity and thousands of books have been destroyed in a fire at a Footscray market.
Residents have been warned to stay indoors as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze at the Little Saigon Market.
Firefighters were called to the market about 6.05am after a fire had began in the coolroom of the two-storey building, reports Herald Sun.
MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martin Baird said he believed the fire was caused by a refrigerator.
75 firefighters are tackling the blaze from outside the building due to concerns of internal walls collapsing.
About 6000 text books and Christmas presents collected by the Les Twentyman Foundation have been destroyed in the fire.
The books are part of the foundation’s back-to-school program, which has run for the past 26 years.
Les Twentyman said: “It’s not just a building that’s gone but people’s livelihood in a critical time.”
Such devastation at the time of year when everyone needs a little bit of hope.
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