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Butter factory fire
A large storage shed at the rear of the old Newstead butter factory near Castlemaine (Loddon Mallee) was destroyed by fire on Wed 21 Nov at about 3 am.
(photo & words by Christopher Simmins, Newstead Brigade)
The 100 year old timber building complete with its contents of furniture timbers, historic items and machinery was totally consumed during the inferno.
Neighbours were woken by the sounds of falling timbers and metal crashing to the ground. They quickly alerted the owners and called 000 for help.
The old building once housed the butter factory trucks. They were often loaned to the Newstead Volunteer Brigade which had been formed early 1942.
Despite a swift turnout by the Newstead and Maldon Brigades, nothing could be salvaged from the uninsured remains.
Friends and neighbours of the young couple rallied around to offer support and help clean up. The exhausted owners were full of praise for the efforts of the firefighters and neighbours who stopped the fire from spreading to other buildings and crops.