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Factory fire hits wrong chord

By: Leith Hillard

Category: Incidents - Structure

  3.21 PM 2 September, 2013

Location: District 13 News

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Quick work from crews contained a guitar factory fire to the rear of its three conjoined buildings.

District: 13
Date: 27 August 2013
Brigades: Bayswater, Boronia, Dandenong, Knox Group, Scoresby, Ferntree Gully, The Basin, Rowville, Upper Ferntree Gully

“The factory is in the heavily-industrialised precinct of Bayswater,” said Operations Officer Jason Lawrence. “The smoke was quickly visible so multiple calls came in. It was the middle of the day and about 20 to 30 workers were on site. They were all out and accounted for early on without any injuries.

“We had our first appliance on scene within five minutes and were in time to do an internal attack and knock it down in the initial stage. There was a mezzanine level that complicated things a bit but the Dandenong ladder platform got a water stream in through the roof.”

About fifty firefighters were on scene at the peak of the attack with Ambulance Victoria also in attendance to monitor members who had used breathing apparatus.

The rear of the three buildings is the main assembling and finishing area where spraying, painting and stringing take place. Fire investigators attended and determined that the point of origin was in the spray booth.

“Crews managed to salvage a portion of the stock,” said Jason, “but unfortunately there was extensive damage to the rear of the building containing expensive manufacturing equipment.”

Thanks to Mark Kennedy for photos

Last Updated: 02 September 2013