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Melbourne fruit and veg market damaged by fire

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28 Nov 2013
A cool room at a West Melbourne wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market has been extensively damaged following fire overnight.

MFB firefighters arrived at the two storey market building which contained numerous cool rooms on the ground floor and offices on the first floor (10m x 100m in size) to find large smoke plumes issuing from the complex. 

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus located the fire in a large cool room on the ground floor.  The roof of the cool room had collapsed and there was extensive damage to the associated electrical equipment and machinery.  

 

Firefighters were able to confine the structural fire damage to the immediate area ensuring the remainder of the cool rooms continued to function which protected the large quantities of stock contained within them.

 

The fire took 50 minutes to bring under control and crews remained on scene throughout the night to continue to extinguish and ventilate the premises.

 

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

Attending appliances: 16 
Number of Firefighters:approx.50 

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