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Air-conditioning unit falls in supermarket

  • Air-conditioning unit crashes through ceiling onto supermarket check-out points
  • Air-conditioning unit crashes through ceiling onto supermarket check-out points
  • Air-conditioning unit crashes through ceiling onto supermarket check-out points
  • CFA firefighters help drain water from the sprinkler system

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety, Incidents - Structure

  1.12 PM 1 July, 2016


Location: District 8 News

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Firefighters worked with a range of businesses and tradespeople to ensure no one was hurt when an air-conditioning unit fell through a supermarket ceiling on Sunday night (26 June).  

When Mornington and Mt Eliza fire brigades arrived about 9.30pm at the shopping centre in Mornington where the supermarket was located, they discovered a large section of the centre’s air-duct for the air-conditioning system had broken through the ceiling and collapsed onto several supermarket check-out points.

Incident Controller, Station Officer Gary Bryant, worked with the supermarket night duty manager and supermarket staff to firstly ensure no one was still inside and to close off the store to the public.

“The air-con unit collapsed and damaged the sprinkler system, which created an electrical hazard we needed to investigate,” Gary said.

“Once we were sure there was no fire, the sprinkler system was isolated to minimise stock losses within the store.”

Tradespeople and other stakeholders were called in to isolate exposed wires and other damaged equipment.

Once everything had been made safe, crews were able to remove the water from the building.

CFA worked with a range of specialist technicians including electricians and plumbers on the night.

“It was very fortunate that nobody was injured from this incident. Thanks to the supermarket’s evacuation processes and a quick response from both Mornington and Mt Eliza brigades, we had the incident under control efficiently within minutes of it occurring,” Gary said.  

CFA were on the scene for three hours, with three trucks and 15 firefighters attending the incident. 

Last Updated: 04 July 2016