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Blaze at Botany Bay timber factory

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21 Jul 2015
Workers were evacuated from a timber factory in Sunshine North after a fire overnight.

MFB crews were called to Botany Bay Timber Products in Lance Road, Sunshine North, at 8.17pm.

Workers were alerted to the blaze after smoke filled the factory and eight employees safely evacuated as the alarm was raised.

MFB firefighters were quickly on scene and found flames issuing from a four storey timber sawdust hopper, duct work on fire, and a further fire in a nearby building.

One building was 40x100m and the other 30x70m.

Damage was minimised by the efficient work of firefighters given the potential for spread into these very large buildings.

It appears that a fire, near a timber working machine, travelled down the duct work (some 150 metres) creating fires. Fire Investigators attended the scene to determine how the fire started.

MFB utilised a thermal imaging camera to detect heat and fires within the extensive duct work system.

The fire took two hours to bring under control. MFB Firefighters remained on scene throughout the night to continue to extinguish the fire, ventilate the buildings and maintain fire duties.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 16

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 45

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