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Police to investigate suspicious Brunswick blaze

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08 Dec 2014
Fire crews battled a suspicious blaze in Florence Street Brunswick early yesterday morning.

The fire involved a single storey brick factory 20 metres by 30 metres believed to be a panel repair workshop, initial calls reported explosions and thick black smoke.

Crews arrived on scene about 1.30am and contained the fire to the rear of building, with a partial roof collapse, five vehicles were also destroyed by fire. Asbestos was found in the structure requiring fire fighter to undertake special procedures.

Approximately 80 residents on both the east and west side of the premises were evacuated by firefighters and police. They were allowed to return to their units/homes at 2.42am.

Damage estimated at $400,000.  There were no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters used foam extinguishing agent, breathing apparatus and an aerial appliance to fight the fire

The fire was brought under control in 60 minutes and was deemed suspicious.

Pumpers: 5
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2



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