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Thomastown factory ammonia leak

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17 Aug 2010
Over 200 people have been evacuated from a meat factory and two neighbouring businesses.

MFB responded to a call with initial reports indicating a strong smell of ammonia in the air. Firefighters in splash suits and breathing apparatus are currently entering the premises and conducting atmospheric monitoring to verify whether the leak is indeed sealed. Once this is confirmed, the incident will be declared under control.

Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and WorkSafe are on scene, there are no reported injuries. The cause of the leak is unknown at this stage.

MFB advises people to avoid travelling in the area.

INCIDENT DETAILS

Date: 17 August, 2010
Time: 11.19 hours

Address: High Street, Thomastown (near Mahoneys and Settlement Rd)

PUMPERS: 5
AERIAL UNITS: 1
OTHER UNITS: 3 (Breathing apparatus, decontamination unit, control unit)

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: over 25
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Glenn Brown

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

 

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