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Cigarette factory goes up in smoke

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03 Jun 2015
Firefighters have responded to reports of fire at a cigarette factory in Moorabbin.

Crews were called to the Phillip Morris factory about 9.20am.
The fire started in an industrial air conditioning unit. Fire damage was contained to the unit involved, however there was substantial smoke damage to parts of the factory. The installed fire sprinkler system helped to contain the fire prior to MFB’s arrival.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus to gain access to the fire area. The blaze was deemed under control in 90 minutes.
Crews are currently using thermal imaging cameras to ensure the fire is totally extinguished and gas detectors to check the factory’s atmosphere is safe for staff to re-enter.
The cause of fire was sparks from demolition works.
ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 1
NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 20

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