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Heyfield factory destroyed
Just after 10:20pm on Friday 1 September, multiple calls were received for a plaster factory fire in Commercial Rd, Heyfield.
Crews arrived to find the building well alight with explosions and flames visible from the 100-year-old structure. A Smoke Warning Advice was issued for Heyfield Township.
Initially Heyfield, Winnindoo and Seaton brigades were paged but Heyfield Captain called for an additional 5 tankers along with Traralgon Ladder Platform, Breathing Apparatus Van and Pumper.
As the building was around 100 metres x 50 metres there was concern that the roof would collapse so fire-fighters were withdrawn and an external fire-fight was established.
A firefighter suffered a minor electrical shock whilst working in BA but was assessed by Paramedics on-scene but released without needing hospitalisation.
About 45 CFA members both Volunteer and Staff attended along with Police, Ambulance Victoria and SES. South Gippsland Water helped to maintain water supply demands to the area to assist the fire-fight.
Victoria Police have deemed that the fire is now a crime scene and they will be sending their own Forensic Scientist and CIB members and CFA will provide FIU assistance if required today.
Final crews returned home some 4 hours after the initial call and VicPol maintained a guard over the fire until morning.
Story by Dave Ellams Operations Officer District 10