A mother and her son were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation following a unit fire in Shepparton yesterday.
Emergency services were called to the brick unit on the corner of Edward and Harold Sts, Shepparton, about 12.20pm, where the property was fully involved.
Lulla’s Children and Family Centre, next door to the unit, was evacuated.
Centre director Miranda Edwards had seen the flames while looking out her office window, and two staff members helped the occupants escape.
‘‘We’ve got some smoke in the building so, as a precaution, we’re evacuating everyone,’’ she said.
Karen Smith-Crossley was at the centre collecting her child and said it was a surprise to receive the news.
‘‘Obviously you always get nervous about what’s in the smoke,’’ she said.
It did not cause any interruptions to Ms Smith-Crossley’s day, who was studying at TAFE.
Shepparton Fire Brigade senior station officer Matt Johnson said four CFA vehicles attended the scene and were able to stop the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties.
‘‘The house has been extensively damaged,’’ he said.
Shepparton police Constable John Roberts directed traffic away from the area, with the road blocked along Edward St.
‘‘It has been a good result with the occupant and child evacuated,’’ he said.
Treated by Ambulance Victoria at the scene, the mother and son were taken to hospital for observations for suspected smoke inhalation.
Mr Johnson said fire investigators would attend and work with Victoria Police in an effort to determine the cause of the blaze.