Fire has ripped through iconic Melbourne theatre, La Mama, in the early hours of this morning. 

As reported by The Age, around 50 firefighters and 18 trucks were called to the Carlton theatre around 5am this morning, with the fire taking roughly an hour to contain, with no injuries reported. It's believed that the roof of the theatre has collapsed and the internal structure has been gutted.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, with fire investigators expected to visit the scene today. 

La Mama known as one of the arts community's most influential theatre companies, with the likes of Cate Blanchett and David Williamson among its alumni though its 51-year tenure. 

La Mama's staff have thanked supporters this morning, with a tweet saying they will "update everyone in due time".

Tributes to the theatre continue to roll in on social media.


The fire at Melbourne's La Mama Theatre on Saturday was reportedly caused by an electrical fault.

According to Artshub, the venue's artistic director, Liz Jones, said "It was started by an electrical fire under the stairs; there are no suspicious circumstances and that is just such a relief to me, because I couldn’t have borne the negatives that come with someone actually doing this on purpose or even by negligence".

Jones confirmed that La Mama will undergo restoration rather than demolition. 

"'Basically the gables have got to come down because they're very unsupported, but once they come to the box structure, and you'll know that La Mama is very square… and that of course braces itself and hopefully they can brace that," Jones said.

"They're dismantling it brick by brick, very carefully, and storing all the bricks downstairs so they can be reused."