Firefighters have been called to douse the site of a 19th-century Melbourne pub that was illegally demolished to stop asbestos blowing into the air.

The Environment Protection Authority confirmed the presence of asbestos at the site of the former Corkman Irish Pub, known as the Carlton Inn, on Wednesday. High winds are forecast for the rest of Thursday, which has forced the EPA to call the MFB for help. Firefighters dampened the construction site…