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Eighty firefighters battle Newport rail yard blaze

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04 Mar 2015
Eighty firefighters have battled a a coal fire in the Steam Rail area of the Newport rail yards overnight.

The first crew to arrive on scene about 1.20am, declared the fire substantial and requested further appliances to be responded.

The fire was approximately 50 x 50 metres within a building measuring 200 x 100 metres and was through the roof.

Due to the age of the building there was thought to be asbestos present.

Crews faced difficulties with access to the fire and also accessing sufficient water.

Extra aerial appliances were responded to the scene along with the hose layer pod and Specialist Hazmat unit and staff to assist with decontamination of firefighters and vehicles.

The building is used for restoring railway locomotives and carriages, a locomotive and carriages were in the building at the time of the fire.

MFB firefighters attacked the fire internally as well as from several aerial firefighting appliances. MFB firefighters were able to contain the fire to a section of the building.

The fire was declared under control after two hours and 15 minutes, at this stage the cause is not known and Fire Investigators are on scene.

Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria along with utility companies were all involved on scene assisting firefighters.

Pumpers:  13 
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  3
Other units:  15


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