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Ten brigades tackle shed fire in Kangaroo Ground
It was 3.36am on Monday 6 March when the page was received for a shed fire in Kangaroo Ground.
Initial brigades paged were Research, Kangaroo Ground and Eltham. First crews on scene arrived at a semi-rural property with a residence, a large shed estimated to be 60m x 20m and some other smaller shedding.
Incident Controller, Research 1st Lieutenant Gavin Sherriff, said; “The whole shed was alight from end to end. It was fully involved and parts of it were glowing red-hot.”
Crews from Research and Eltham quickly established an attack on both ends of the shed with water being a pressing need. With no nearby reticulated water, tankers were needed to fill the trucks fighting the fire and a nearby dam was identified as a water source. More trucks, Eltham BA support, North Warrandyte lighting and two big-fills were paged to support the firefight.
A BA control point was quickly set up and with three pairs of BA operators fighting the fire at any one time. Fresh operators and cylinders were in constant demand. As well as sets from the arriving vehicles, extra cylinders were sourced from North Warrandyte lighting and Eltham BA Support.
Although the shed was a total loss, attending crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining buildings or vegetation. The shed was estimated to have over $1 million of equipment stored inside. Due to the excellent fire suppression work done, the insurance company were still able to identify the contents, which will assist in the owner's claim.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated; the exact cause is unknown.
A few statistics:
Total trucks paged: 26
Total BA cyli nders used: 42
Duration on scene: 7 hours
As well as thanking all the firefighters and support personnel on the ground, Research would like acknowledge the contribution that brigade specialist appliances made to the effort, including Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge Bigfills, North Warrandyte Lighting, Nillumbik Group FOV, Eltham BA and the Mernda Rehab unit.