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Five hour battle to bring Tullamarine factory blaze to heel.

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13 Oct 2011
A huge Tullamarine factory blaze had to be extinguished with fire retardant foam after 50 MFB, CFA and Tullamarine Airport Fire Service crews had battled to bring it under control for five hours.

A triple zero caller alerted emergency services at 07.45 hours (13 Oct) to the factory complex at Assembly Drive, Tullamarine. Crews contained the fire to three small factories each around 20metres by 6metres in a tilt slab complex of around 2,000 square metres overall. 

Firefighters initially conducted both an internal and external attack wearing breathing apparatus. Concerns for the structural integrity of the building forced them to review the tactic and switch to using a fire retardant foam, At the height of the fire fight 50 firefighters and 13 appliances were on scene including two CFA units, a Tullamarine Airport Fire Service crew and ten MFB appliances and support crews. 

MFB issued a web warning to inform the local community in particular to the dangers posed by the growing smoke plume though evacuations outside the fire cordon were not required. Specialist MFB technicians determined that the dense smoke plume would have been of concern especially for people with respiratory problems.

Residents within a three kilometre radius of Assembly Drive were advised to stay inside, close windows and doors and shut off any airconditioning.

At 12.37 hours  the  Incident  Controller, Acting  Deputy Chief Fire Officer Zammit determined that the fire was under control.

“This was a difficult fire to manage due to its size and the issues posed by the condition of the building. Firefighter safety is obviously paramount and the decision to review the tactics and attack the fire with foam was best practice,” said Deputy Chief Fire Officer David Youssef.

“The public were kept informed and up to date via the MFB website and with the help of all media.

“We will be investigating to determine the cause of the fire and engineers will determine the damage which will be extensive.”

For further enquiries contact:
MFB Communications and Media 9665 4699

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