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Sprinklers help fireys battle Box Hill blaze

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27 Mar 2017
A sprinkler system helped reduce the impact of a fire which broke out at a Box Hill paper mill last night.

MFB Firefighters were called to the factory at Ailsa Street about 8.15pm after an embossing machine sparked the blaze.

Crews arrived to find the machine enveloped in thick black smoke.

Luckily, the business’ sprinkler system had activated early, keeping the fire in check while power to the machine was isolated.

Crews were then able to quickly contain the blaze to the area of origin and extinguish it completely in just over an hour.

It’s believed the fire may have been caused by a build-up of dust and lint which had accumulated over time in concealed spaces around the machine.

Acting Commander Ross Smith said the in house sprinkler system proved crucial in helping firefighters gain quick control of the fire.

“The factory manufactures products such as toilet paper and tissues so there were plenty of combustible materials present to fuel the flames,” A/Commander Smith said.

“There is no question that without the sprinkler systems to help keep the fire in check, this fire could have been far more serious and damaging.”


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