Two teenagers have been charged over a fire that caused extensive damage to the historic Malmsbury Railway Station last Wednesday.
The blaze broke out about 5.30pm in the original station and station master’s residence, quickly spreading into the roof of the 1862 bluestone building. No one was in the building at the time.
Firefighters had to smash their way through the aged slate roof to attack the flames, the presence of asbestos requiring crews to undergo extensive decontamination.
A Fire Rescue Victoria ladder platform was rushed from Bendigo to assist local CFA brigades battling the blaze.
V/Line services on the Bendigo Line were interrupted for several hours and with power was cut to the station as a result of the fire, late night trains arrived in darkness.
V/Line set up a generator on Thursday to temporarily power the pedestrian crossing gates.
On Sunday Macedon Ranges Crime Investigation Unit detectives charged a 17-year-old Bendigo girl and 16-year-old Bendigo boy with burglary and criminal damage by fire.
Both have been bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.