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Ashwood Secondary College Fire

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16 Jun 2010
Arson squad detectives have been called in to investigate two fires at Ashwood Secondary College that caused several million dollars damage.

MFB crews were called to the school shortly before 8pm and found two classrooms fully ablaze with the fire threatening another four classrooms located within the wing. Whilst attempting to contain this fire, flames were noticed coming from the roof of a separate part of the school on the other side of the quadrangle. This wing housed the science and technology department and contained large quantities of valuable equipment. Additional crews were called in to fight this second blaze with firefighters locating and removing several oxygen, acetylene and LPG cylinders from the path of the flames.

Approximately half of the classroom wing was destroyed and a large part of the science and technology wing was also extensively damaged. Several other rooms in both wings were affected by heat, smoke and water. The fires took more than an hour and a half to bring under control with 45 firefighters and 13 trucks in attendance.

The damage bill has been estimated to be in excess of five million dollars but this could rise substantially when the full extent of the equipment losses within the science wing is known.

TIME: 19:42 hours
CALL No.: 4788

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 8
RESCUE UNITS: 1
AERIAL UNITS: 2
No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 45
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Chris Watt
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – Trevor Woodward

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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