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Crews stop spread of rubbish fire in Broadmeadows

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25 Apr 2019
Aggressive firefighting tactics from MFB crews has ensured a fire which started outside recycling site in Broadmeadows this afternoon did not penetrate the adjoining warehouse.

More than 30 firefighters were deployed to Maygar Boulevard just after 1pm – following a similar scale fire at a waste facility Tottenham just hours earlier.

Initial crews arrived at the scene within six minutes of the first call to Triple Zero (000) and found a 15 x 15 metre rubbish pile on fire and emitting a thick plume of black smoke.

The pile was well alight and threatening the adjoining warehouse, believed to be storing a number of mattresses.

Wearing Breathing Apparatus for protection from the smoke, firefighters managed to stop the fire’s spread and bring it under control within half an hour.

Thankfully there are no reports of injury and all occupants have been accounted for.

The factory wall has sustained some fire damage and firefighters are expected to remain on scene for some time to ensure all hot spots are completely extinguished.

MFB swiftly issued a Community Advice message for residents in the surrounding suburbs due to the large amount of smoke.

At the peak of the incident there were 11 firefighting appliances on scene including an aerial Teleboom and two Commander units.

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