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Fire at Tottenham waste site under control quickly

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25 Apr 2019
Firefighters were called to a waste management facility on Somerville Road in Tottenham just after midday following reports of a fire producing a large amount of smoke.

Initial crews arrived on scene within seven minutes, and MFB’s response was escalated accordingly due to the nature of the site. 

Wearing breathing apparatus, almost 30 firefighters worked to douse a fire which had taken hold of a 10x 30 metre pile of recycled vehicle parts. 

Their efforts ensured the blaze was brought under control by 12:30pm, less than 15 minutes after the first call to Triple Zero (000). 

Firefighters are currently using heavy machinery in a bid to break the pile apart and extinguish the remaining hot spots. 

The fire produced a lot of smoke which has been blown in an easterly direction. 

MFB issued a community advice message for residents in Kingsville, Seddon, Tottenham, Yarraville, Altona North, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Footscray, South Kingsville, Spotswood, and West Footscray. 

Somerville Road is currently closed, and the community is asked to avoid the area as emergency services are expected to remain on scene for some time. 

At the peak of the fire there were six firefighting appliances on scene including an aerial Teleboom, as well as three other appliances and a Commander unit. 

MFB is being supported at the scene by Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria. 


At this stage, there are no reports of injury and it is not known what caused the fire to start. 

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