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Fire crews attend nitrocellulose leak in Laverton

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31 Aug 2015
MFB crews have attended a hazardous chemical incident in Laverton.

Firefighters were called to the Fitzgerald Road factory at 12.10pm.

The chemical is nitrocellulose, which when stored in solution is quite stable, however the drum had been compromised, leaking out the solution.

Approximately 80 people were evacuated from the premise.

After discussion with the transport company’s scientific team and MFB’s Scientific Officer, it was decided to collect the drum with an intrinsically safe forklift utilising a fine spray of water to minimise the risk of any sparks.

The drum was then put into a recovery drum where it could be made safe.

The incident was brought under control in 88 minutes.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 5  
Commanders: 2  
Other units: 3 

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 28

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