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Hazmat firefighters working to contain West Melbourne chemical spill

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21 Jan 2015
MFB crews are working to contain a hazardous chemical spill in West Melbourne.

Firefighters were despatched at 11.40am after reports an unknown substance was leaking from inside a shipping container holding 32 drums of the substance. The incident occurred in a transport yard at Appleton Dock Road.

MFB hazardous material technicians and Scientific Officers are advising firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and protective chemical suits how to isolate the damaged containers, which will be placed into air tight chemical recovery drums.

This incident will continue over the next few hours.

The spill is of no danger to the public, workers at the yard have been evacuated whilst the MFB work to contain the spill which has been classified as small.

It is believed that a small number of the drums have been damaged during transport.

It is expected all appliances will remain on scene until 15:00hrs.

Police and AV attended.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 0
Aerial units: 0
Other units: 4

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
27

 

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