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Classrooms gutted by fire at former Braybrook primary school

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28 Aug 2010
Two classroom wings of a disused primary school in Ballarat Road Braybrook were gutted by fire Saturday evening.

Each wing measured 9m x 60m and encompassed several internal rooms. Two other wings of similar size were saved. As the school was no longer in use, the ring main supplying water to the school’s hydrants was shut down. This hampered early firefighting efforts until the hydrant supply could be reinstated. Fire crews were also uncertain if a large gas meter was still operational but protected it anyway from the encroaching flames. Their efforts were rewarded when it was later learned the gas main was fully charged and that, had the meter been damaged, the fire would have escalated considerably.

The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious with several separate seats of fire evident. Firefighters also took extra precautions due to the presence of asbestos in the materials making up the classroom eaves. The blaze took 40 minutes to bring under control.

TIME: 18:56 hours CALL No.: 6976

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:

PUMPERS: 7
RESCUE UNITS: 1
AERIAL UNITS: 3
OTHER UNITS: 3 (Control, Decontamination & B.A. units)

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 50
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: A/ Commander Serg Slaviero
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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