"There were no consequences at all for the operation of the SCC."
About 30 firefighters were present to try to get the fire under control. It was not yet under control a few hours later at 10 pm and Melburnians were warned to avoid the area.
The SCC is the state's primary control center for emergency management and is also the central hub of a network of regional and incident control centers throughout Victoria.
According to the EMV website, the control center is located at level four of the building, where the MFA said it fought the fire.
The firefighting offices and the Ministry of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are also located in the building.
Paramedics were called to the scene around 7:30 PM and people were assessed for smoke inhalation, but no one was taken to the hospital. There are no reported injuries.
A recommendation message was issued by Vic Mission by Vic Emergency for those in East Melbourne, Melbourne, Fitzroy and Carlton.
"There is a construction fire on 8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne, with fire devices suppressing the fire", the message says.
"Motorists are advised to avoid and avoid the area. Traffic is managed by Vic Police with closures on parts of Nicholson Street between Victoria Parade and Albert Street."