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Five taken to hospital after Laverton North chemical fire.

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15 Feb 2013
The incident involved a 20 foot refrigerated container with approximately 2.5 tons of Percadex ( Organic Peroxide ).

A malfunction in the refrigeration system caused the material to overheat and catch fire. A large section of the container roof has bulged upwards due to the force of the explosion. 
Most of the material was consumed by the fire and explosion and remainder was cleaned up by on-site workers and placed in another container under MFB supervision. 
Approximately 25 persons working at the premises at the rear have had to be decontaminated after coming in contact with the product.
Of the 25 persons affected, 5 have were taken to hospital for observation.
It was brought under control in just over 3 hours, with breathing apparatus in operation.
Approximately 37 firefighters attended

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