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Thermal imaging camera used to find fire at Box Hill South factory

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25 Jun 2017
Firefighters have extinguished a fire in a paper hopper in Box Hill South this morning.

Crews were called to the Ailsa Street property at 9.30am and an alarm connected to the complex activated. 

The business produces absorbent products, including paper towels, toilet paper, sanitary products, and disposable nappies. Due to the nature of the operations there is an increased response of appliances to this address.

First arriving crews found a fire burning in a paper hopper and associated duct work. Further resources were requested to attend.

The fire was identified as being in a 50 metre section of ducting and a large paper machine, a thermal imaging camera was used to identify the temperatures in the ducting and locate the exact location and extent of the fire.

The fire was declared Under Control after an hour and 17 minutes.

The cause will be investigated.

Ambulance Victoria are on scene and have established a monitoring area for firefighters as they emerge from the fire and remove their Breathing Apparatus.

Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2


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