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Building fire in South Morang

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03 Aug 2011
A building containing approximately ten retail outlets was involved in fire yesterday evening.

Date: August 2, 2011 
Time: 19:08 hours     
Call Number: 0480

Address: McDonalds Road, South Morang

The fire was on the top floor of a two storey concrete construction (50x30m) and was difficult to access and locate due to the amount of thick acrid smoke emitting. 

MFB and CFA Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked under difficult circumstances to internally attack the fire and aerial firefighting appliances were used to extinguish the fire externally.

The fire took two hours to bring under control.  Access due to the smoke continues to be difficult and firefighters are still assessing the damage to the properties. 

At this stage, it appears that one retail outlet has been damaged by fire, whilst the others have been significantly damaged by smoke.

It is of interest that only one 000 call was received from the public reporting the fire.  This was fortunate as had the fire had more time to develop the potential for fire damage to the entire building was likely.

Fire crews will remain on scene to extinguish hot spots and to ventilate the premises.  MFB Fire Investigators will attend in the morning to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this stage.

Attending Appliances:  
- MFB 15 appliances
- CFA  7 brigades


Number of firefighters: 80 plus

Officer in charge: ACO Andrew Zammit and Commander Will Glenn

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

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