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Almost 100 firefighters battle Brooklyn scrap metal yard fire

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19 Oct 2015
Firefighters are continuing their efforts tonight to contain a fire at a scrap metal yard in Brooklyn.

Crews were called to a fire at Sims Metal on McDonald Road at 4:38pm, and the Incident Controller quickly escalated the incident and requested more trucks and firefighters to assist.  The fire involves a large pile of scrap metal, measuring approximately 70 by 30 metres.

Thick black smoke could been seen from as far as the Melbourne CBD and Community Warnings were issued for Brooklyn, Tottenham, Laverton North, Sunshine West, West Footscray, Braybrook, Sunshine, Altona Gate and Maidstone.

Residents have been advised to close their doors and windows, and turn off any air conditioning.

A crane and excavator have been used to pull apart the smouldering scrap metal heap, making it easier for firefighters to extinguish the fire.

It is still unclear what started the fire, as crews are still working to contain the blaze, however around 8pm the aggressive firefighting methods began to have some effect.

An MFB Scientific Officer is also on scene.

Firefighting crews will remain on scene for throughout the night.

Warning and Advice messages will be updated on MFB’s website and Twitter accounts throughout the night.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:           26

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS:       approx. 90

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