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Sprinkler system reduces damage at Tottenham factory fire

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29 Sep 2014
An automatic sprinkler system saved the majority of buildings and stock at a Tottenham facility on Sunday morning.

MFB firefighters were called to the property on Victoria Drive in Tottenham at 3.14am.

The premises manufactures and recycles timber pallets.

The fire started in the area of a 10 high hopper in the recycling section but was kept contained by the sprinkler system until it was extinguished by aggressive fire fighting operations by crews wearing breathing apparatus.

Damage to the structures was minimised and confined to a 40 metre by 80 metre shed separate to the main factory.  Damage to the equipment, machinery a fittings is estimated to exceed $1,000,000.

The sprinkler system prevented fire spread to the main building and adjoining properties, which was a significant potential due to the nature and quantity of the materials present. 

The cause is not yet known and is under investigation by the MFB Fire Investigation Unit.  There were no reported injuries.

The impact on the company’s operations is yet to be determined.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 23

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