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Discarded cigarette to blame for Spotlight warehouse blaze

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01 Oct 2014
A discarded cigarette is to blame for a massive fire at the Spotlight storage warehouse in Laverton North yesterday.

Firefighters were called to the Boundary Road warehouse just after 2pm.

On arrival they discovered a large 30 x 15 metre stack of wooden pallets were totally involved in fire.  Impinging and threatening the large storage warehouse, the fire was also fuelled by strong winds.

The installed sprinkler system at the premises assisted firefighters by operating and supressing any spread through the walls.

Five forklifts attached to power outlet on the side of the building were destroyed and the 50 metre warehouse wall has been severely damaged.  Smoke filled the warehouse.


Pic: Nine News Melbourne

The fire took 50 minutes to bring under control.

No injuries were reported.

MFB fire investigators believe a discarded cigarette is most likely to blame for the blaze.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:  16 (including 2 CFA appliances)

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 55

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