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Hay truck fire
Princes Highway, Hillside (6 kms east of Bairnsdale) was a sea of Red and Blue lights this afternoon
Hillside and Bairnsdale Fire Brigade's were alerted to a reported Hay Truck Fire at 17:47hours this afternoon (Monday 5/11/12).
Within a minute of the page, a report via 000 stated that the truck fire had possibly persons trapped in the cabin. SES, Police and Ambulance were also responded.
On turn out Bairnsdale Captain reported smoke visible and requested "make tankers 4"
Captain Beechey said "knowing the location and the amount of smoke showing, it was evident that we will need a large amount of water"
The driver of the truck made a good call and was able to pull into a farmyard drive way allowing the Princes Highway to remain clear. On arrival due to the smoke and natural of the fire, CFA crews shut the highway until Victoria Police arrived and took over traffic management duties.
It was confirmed that no persons were trapped or injured in the truck and the driver escaped uninjured.
Lindenow Fire Brigade responded their support and quick fill that was put to good use to support the fire fight. Crews remained on scene for a period of time to ensure that the truck and hay was fully extinguished.
Bairnsdale; Pumper, Pumper Tanker, Support
Lindenow; Tanker, Support and Quickfill
Paynesville; Tanker 1, Tanker 2
D11 Operations Officer Harrap