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Rebel Sport Greensborough fire

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11 Oct 2010
Rebel Sports was ready to close for the evening, when the store filled with black acrid smoke as a result of a fire.

Staff members evacuated shoppers whilst the MFB responded to an alarm of fire created by an installed sprinkler and automatic alarm system.
 
MFB firefighters arrived on scene within 4 minutes of the alarm being raised, in which time the sprinklers had controlled the fire from spreading and contained it to a small area.  However, locating the fire took some time due to the poor visibility caused by the dense smoke.  Extensive damage has been caused to stock, fittings and the store from water and smoke.
 
Two Rebel staff members suffered smoke inhalation and oxygen therapy was administered by MFB firefighters until the arrival of Ambulance Victoria.
 
A roof spotlight had overheated combustible material stored on the shelf directly below it causing the ignition.  The MFB recommends that a distance of more than 300 mm be allowed from a spotlight to any combustible goods.
 
The MFB assisted by local CFA brigades remained on scene for over 2 hours cleaning up and removing smoke and water.
 
ATTENDING  APPLIANCES:  6 and CFA
No. of FIREFIGHTERS:  approx. 30   
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE:  Commander Col Harris
ORIGINATOR:  MFB Communications Controller – Heather Stockton

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au


 

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