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Laverton fire caused by powerboard

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12 Jul 2010
Sunday morning’s (11 July) office fire in Dohertys Road Laverton was caused by a faulty powerboard.

According to MFB statistics there is an increasing number of fires caused by faulty electrical distribution equipment with numbers doubling since 1999.

“People should be aware there are power boards on the market that can prevent overloading and some electrical faults occurring,” said Rob Taylor, Assistant Chief Fire Officer MFB.

“These types might be more expensive, but they’re worth the investment for safety and peace of mind. Ideally they should be considered for both the business and home.”

The fire caused substantial damage to an administration building used by Williamstown Crane Hire. The blaze destroyed computers and office equipment and caused a temporary shut-down of the One-Steel mill opposite due to the thick, acrid smoke. Fire crews wore breathing apparatus as protection from not only the smoke, but also the possibility that building materials contained asbestos. A large storage premise at the rear remained undamaged.

Firefighters took just 20 minutes to contain the fire and an hour later, had the blaze virtually extinguished. Additional crews kept watch overnight for any hotspots.

INCIDENT DETAILS

DATE: July 11, 2010
TIME: 02:39 hours
CALL No: 2979

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:

PUMPERS: 5
RESCUE UNITS: 1
AERIAL UNITS: 1
OTHER UNITS: 1 (Breathing apparatus support)
No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 25
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Ken Brown
MFB Communications Controller: Trevor Woodward

For further information please contact:
MFB Communications and Media, Tel. 03 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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