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Coronavirus testing site in Melbourne is set on fire

A coronavirus testing site has been set on fire and injured one of the security guards. 

The closed testing tent in Mernda, north Melbourne, was set alight around 10.35pm on Monday night. 

Two security guards on duty at the Waterview Recreation Reserve site noticed the blaze and contacted emergency services. 

A coronavirus testing site in Mernda, north Melbourne, (pictured) was set on fire around 10.35pm on Monday night and caused a security guard on duty to contact emergency services

A coronavirus testing site in Mernda, north Melbourne, (pictured) was set on fire around 10.35pm on Monday night and caused a security guard on duty to contact emergency services

Three firefighting crews attended to extinguish the blaze (damaged testing marquee pictured) and one of the security guards was treated for minor smoke inhalation

Three firefighting crews attended to extinguish the blaze (damaged testing marquee pictured) and one of the security guards was treated for minor smoke inhalation  

Fire Rescue Victoria rushed to the testing site to put out the blaze, which caused minor damage to the side of the marquee.  

A Country Fire Authority spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia three crews responded to the fire on Waterview Drive. 

‘Three CFA units from Mernda and Doreen attended the incident.

‘A stop was issued on the incident at 10.52pm and the scene was handed to Victoria Police,’ the spokesperson said.   

Paramedics also checked one of the security guards for minor smoke inhalation and he was cleared to resume work.  

Victoria Police are investigating the incident and are seeking to speak to three men aged in their twenties. 

The men were spoken to by the security guards shortly before the fire started. 

Victoria recorded 5 deaths and 70 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday (pictured, residents wearing face masks go for a walk in Melbourne on Saturday)

Victoria recorded 5 deaths and 70 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday (pictured, residents wearing face masks go for a walk in Melbourne on Saturday)

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers. 

Victoria recorded 70 new cases of coronavirus and five deaths on Tuesday.

The figures come after the state recorded its highest death toll yet with 41 fatalities on Monday.  

Melbourne remains under a draconian stage four lockdown where residents must remain indoors between 8pm and 5am. 

Melburnians may leave their homes for one hour of exercise per day and must remain within 5km of their homes.

It is also mandatory to wear a mask unless conducting strenuous exercise or because of a valid medical condition.  

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