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Hot cars in Pakenham
Around 3:40pm on Thursday 17 Jan multiple calls were coming in for a recycling plant fire in Pakenham.
The township of Pakenham was abuzz with tankers and strike teams heading to multiple grass fires in the area of Pakenham and Reynolds Roads when a new fire started in Drovers Lane. A large quantity of crushed car bodies and scrap metal were well alight in the CMA Recycling yard.
Some crews were redirected as pumpers raced to the scene. Due to the height of the pile burning Dandenong Ladder Platform was called in to assist. The heat of the day plus the heat of the fire took its toll on crews and dehydration became a major priority.
As the blaze grew in size embers were dropping into nearby paddocks and started new fires in the grass and bushes. A Helitak was called in to help slow the fire down as ground crews worked at the rear of Drovers Lane in private farmland.
Scoresby Hose Layer, Patterson River Comms Van and Frankston BA van also attended along with SES later in the night to provide lighting. Change over crews were called to help the existing crews to have a break and work with yard employees who started to break up the piles of vehicles.
Crews worked on the fire until very late in the night. The cause of the fire is not deemed suspicious.