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MFB in attendance at hazmat incident in Richmond

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04 Mar 2017
Staff and shoppers evacuated as a precaution

Just before 1pm today, crews attended a hazardous chemical incident at Nicholson Street, Richmond.

Arriving on scene firefighters received positive readings on their gas detectors at a nearby premises where it is understood some concrete sealing works has been done.

As a precaution MFB took the decision to evacuate approximately 100 people from Woolworths and Dimmeys as the smell had permeated into the stores and car park, and the stores have been temporarily closed.

Crews are extracting the vapours and are continuing to monitor levels in and around the area.

Five appliances and sixteen firefighters are on scene. 

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