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Significant fire averted by quick thinking employee.

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23 Apr 2012
A vigilant worker arriving for work immediately rang 000 after noticing smoke coming from the third floor of his office building.

After MFB firefighters arrived on scene and evacuated thirty people from the eight storey building, a small electrical fire was located in a wall cavity on the third floor.

A Co2 extinguisher was used to put the fire out and to keep damage to a minimum. The rest of the building was checked to make sure the fire had not spread internally.

Damage was limited to about five thousand dollars and no injuries were reported. The potential for a very significant fire was averted by the quick thinking employee.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Dorcas Street, Southbank
Date: April 22, 2012 
Time: 21:02 hours     
Call Number: 13701

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 20

Officer in charge: Commander Martin Braid

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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