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Abattoir fire in Cranbourne
Cranbourne brigade were responded to an electrical fire at Wagstaff Abattoirs in Thompsons Rd around 3:30pm on Saturday 23 March.
When Senior Station Officer Charles arrived with his crew they found the building staff at the front gate informing them that smoke and fire were now filling the main structure.
As the building only had one hydrant on the property, additional pumpers were called to assist the two aerial appliances that were heading to the scene. The metal clad building was containing the fire and crews had to perform an external attack.
Clyde and Upper Beaconsfield Big Fills were used to supply additional water from a large dam on-site. Staff and firefighters helped to herd sheep and cattle from the building's pens out to the surrounding paddocks.
Police, Ambulance Victoria, SES and the Power Company all attended along with Frankston BA van, Scoresby Hose Layer and Narre Warren Catering.
Operations Officer Peter Lucas was the Incident Controller and SSO Charles became the Operations Officer coordinating crews on scene. The building suffered a partial roof collapse that allowed the fire to vent.
The west end of the building contained an ammonia plant but was fortunately not damaged in the fire. A rehab unit was set up to ensure firefighters were hydrated and had a rest area after breathing apparatus had been worn.
A fire stop was called around three hours after the fire started but crews continued blacking out for an extended period of time. Fire investigators are working to find the exact cause of the fire.