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Cremorne smash repair shop catches alight

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22 Oct 2018
Firefighters were called to a smash repair factory on Wellington Street in Cremorne right on peak hour this evening.

Crews made their way to the Wellington Street panel shop just after 6pm and on arrival saw flames coming from the roof, with heavy smoke issuing.

Approximately 24 Firefighters quickly donned breathing apparatus and set up lines of firefighting hose into the building. From here they attacked the fire from within the 20m x 10m brick building.

Their efforts ensured the fire was contained to a spray booth area at the rear of the premises, and the fire was brought under control just 20 minutes after initial crews arrived.

An off duty Public Service Officer (PSO) assisted the occupants and ensured their safe evacuation, while maintaining the perimeter of the building. The PSO was treated by Ambulance Victoria paramedics at the scene for mild smoke inhalation.

At the peak of the blaze there were seven firefighting appliances on scene, including one aerial appliance.

It is believed an angle grinder was was being used near the spray booth where the fire began.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria assisted MFB at the scene, and WorkSafe has been notified of this incident. 

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