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Firefighters continue their efforts at Campbellfield Factory

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06 Apr 2019
Crews have spent the night working to fully extinguish a blaze that took hold of a Campbellfield factory on Friday morning and required more than 175 firefighters to bring under control.

The fire has caused a substantial amount of damage to the building, and crews are using heavy machinery to pull apart the remaining material and get to the hot spots which continue to smoulder.

There are approximately 30 firefighters and 11 appliances on scene today, along with MFB’s Remote Piloted Air Systems (RPAS ‘drone’) operators who are gathering intelligence and using thermal imaging cameras to assist firefighting operations.

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit is collecting information about what may have caused the fire to start, and will be in a better position to comb through what remains of the site once the fire is completely extinguished. 

MFB Deputy Chief Officer David Bruce praised the efforts of all of the emergency personnel who responded, and said they are doing everything they can to make the area safe.

“We will not be leaving or allowing people in to the area until we are confident the fire is fully extinguished and the area is safe for the community,” Deputy Chief Officer David Bruce said.

“We are working closely with the local council, our partner agencies and the community to reduce the impact on local business and residents.

“We hope to return the site to business as usual as soon as possible, and we thank the community for their patience while we work to make the area safe.  

“I’m proud of the efforts of our firefighters who were able to get this fire under control so quickly yesterday.

“This was a large fire that has called for significant resources and we thank our emergency services partners for their assistance,” Deputy Chief Officer David Bruce said.

Although the smoke has substantially reduced today, if people are impacted by the smoke they are advised to take shelter indoors, turn off heating and air-conditioning and, if required, seek medical advice.

A community meeting will be held at 11am tomorrow morning at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows, 1079 Pascoe Vale Road.

Thornycroft Street remains closed and a number of emergency service vehicles are on scene. 

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