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Aged care centre threatened by scrub fires in Keilor

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09 Jan 2013
Forty firefighters responded to a scrub fire, believed to have been deliberately lit, in the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands in Keilor East early this morning.

The back fences of several properties including an aged care centre came under threat as 11 appliances battled the blaze, which occurred about 1.30am.

The fire at the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands, which form part of Brimbank Park, burnt out more than 10 hectares on a fire front estimated to be over a kilometre long.

A railway embankment running along the eastern boundary of the park formed a valuable fire-break allowing MFB crews to stop the blaze from spreading into private property. 

This fire was the third major blaze in Brimbank Park in less than six hours.

The first was reported just before 8pm on January 8 and burnt out approximately 10 hectares of grass and scrub.

An hour later, whilst crews were still in the process of blackening out, a second fire ignited just a short distance away on the other side of the Maribyrnong River.

Firefighters were quickly redeployed and soon brought it under control with only one hectare being burnt. 

Police have been alerted to the fires and are checking on reports of youths seen in the area at the time the fires were lit.

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