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Fire takes hold of Campbellfield factory

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19 Jan 2019
More than 80 firefighters battled to control a fire which took hold of a factory on Colbert Road in Campbellfield.

Approximately 25 appliances were called to the scene just after 8pm, following a number of calls to Triple Zero (000).

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked to protect the neighbouring factories as the fire threatened to spread.

Crews worked throughout the night and managed to bring the fire under control after 2am on Sunday morning; six hours after it first began. 

It is believed the premise was being used to store recycled batteries and machinery.

When firefighters first arrived on scene they were confronted with several large explosions, believed to have been batteries catching alight due to the heat of the blaze.

At the peak of the blaze heavy Black Smoke was being blown in a Northerly Direction towards Somerton Road, the community were advised to keep clear and stay indoors.

A Watch and Act message was issued for Campbellfield, Lalor, Somerton, Thomastown, Dallas, Coolaroo, Roxburgh Park. Visit: http://emergency.vic.gov.au/ for the latest. 

Colbert Road between Berwick Road and Barry Road Campbellfield are closed.

At this stage there are no reports of injuries. 

MFB is being supported at the scene by firefighters from CFA, along with Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit is working to determine a cause, and the EPA has been called to investigate.

UPDATE: 

Monday 21 January 2019

 

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit is analysing the scene today and working to determine what caused the fire.

Once fire investigations are finalised, excavators will be brought in to create better access so that crews can extinguish remaining hot spots.

There are currently three MFB firefighting crews on scene, including two aerial Teleboom and Ladder Platform appliances and a pumper crew.

MFB is being supported at the scene by EPA who are assessing the environmental impacts of the fire.

 

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