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Thornbury storage facility fire under control

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09 Dec 2019
Approximately 30 firefighters were called to a storage facility on High Street in Thornbury after a sprinkler alarm activated just after 5:30pm.

Initial crews arrived on scene within seven minutes and found the 80m x 40m building heavily smoke-logged. Extra resources were responded to support.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection, crews entered the building and searched through the smoke to locate the fire.

Thankfully, the fire had been held at bay due to a working sprinkler system.

Crews worked to ventilate the building and ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

The incident was declared under control within 45 minutes however firefighters and emergency crews are expected to remain on scene into the evening.

Victoria Police are on scene assisting with traffic management and traffic down High Street is expected to be impacted for some time.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics are monitoring the health of the firefighters who responded.

At this stage it is not clear what caused the fire to start however the incident will be investigated.

There were seven appliances responded, including five pumpers, a rescue unit and an aerial unit, in addition to three other units.

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