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Clayton factory destroyed by fire

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24 Aug 2013
More than 50 firefighters attended a huge fire at a Clayton South factory on Saturday night.

Flames were issuing through the roof of the Melbourne Machinery Co. factory when firefighters arrived on scene just after 7pm.

The premises is of brick and metal construction, and contained industrial machinery, parts and associated equipment.

Additional fire appliances were soon on scene and assisted by two CFA firefighting appliances made a combined concentrated attack on the fire.

Aerial fire trucks with large water monitors were utilised in making an external attack on the fire.

Commander Marcus Baker praised the successful efforts of all firefighters in ensuring that the damage was minimised, and that the fire had been stopped from spreading into the adjoining premises.

Many racks of industrial parts at the rear of the premises were also protected.

The fire took 45 minutes to bring under control.  There were no injuries.

Fire damage is extensive with a portion of the roof collapsing.  MFB firefighters remained on scene attending duties throughout the night.

Fire Investigators have determined the cause was caused by a faulty light fitting.

The building was not insured.

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