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Chemical fire at RMIT shuts down city street

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06 Apr 2014
Firefighters attended a large chemical fire at RMIT's city campus over the weekend

Crews were called to RMIT (Royal Melb Institute of Technology) on Franklin Street, Melbourne, about 1.45pm yesterday.

MFB firefighters arrived at Building 10 of the facility to find a large dangerous goods storage cabinet involved in fire.

Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters were concerned as the fire involved stored chemicals.  These chemicals were unknown and likely to have mixed.

Specialist hazardous materials appliances attended with the MFB Scientific Officer and RMIT experts to provide advice.  Atmospheric readings and heat monitoring continued throughout the process.

The fire was quickly under control.  The Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Ken Brown, was pleased with the manner the products had been safely stored within the cabinet.  One sealed section containing spontaneous combustibles was of concern, but due to the containment was not involved in the fire.

While monitoring of the temperatures in the area continued, plans were developed for the safe removal and disposal of the various products.  This took some time and firefighters remained on scene throughout the afternoon.

Durign the incident, Victoria Police closed off a section of Franklin Street.  Worksafe and EPA were advised.  Ambulance Victoria attended the scene, however no injuries were reported. 


No. of FIREFIGHTERS:  approx. 30

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