Out-of-control fire destroying Melbourne retirement home

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

An out-of-control fire broke out at an aged care facility in Cranbourne East, in Melbourne's south-east, just after 1pm Wednesday.

The Country Fire Authority advised residents in the area to shut all doors and windows, and to avoid smoke if possible as crews battled the fire.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed to SBS News the incident was happening on Berwick-Cranbourne Road.

Residents have all been evacuated and firefighters say the fire is no longer burning out of control.

"It's unlikely that it's started in the building itself". Fire is tearing through the roof of the property.

Emergency services, including eight crews from the CFA and police, are now on-scene and still fighting the flames.

"It's quite hard to access because the roof has come down, so we will be here for quite some time putting out hot spots".

Images from the 9NEWS helicopter show flames tearing through the building.

It's unclear what sparked the fire.