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Maryvale paper plant fire
Around 30 CFA firefighters have battled a fire at the Maryvale paper mill early yesterday evening (Monday 1 July).
Crews were quickly on scene around 6.30pm to find a 300x100m paper processing plant burning well.
Operations Officer Peter Lockwood told ABC Radio Gippsland Maryvale’s fire suppression system, combined with good work by firefighters, prevented a more serious fire.
“With the rapid work of the guys on sight as well as the installed fixed sprinkler system, that brought the fire under control fairly quickly,” Mr Lockwood said.
“However, with any fire of this type, there is residue and there are smouldering spots right through [the plant], in which the firefighters need to go in wearing their breathing apparatus to extinguish.”
Firefighters, worked for more than 2 hours to fully extinguish those remaining hot spots.
Taralgon’s large ladder platform truck enabled firefighters to identify hotspots from above using a thermal imaging camera.
Crews remained at the scene monitoring hotspots until just before 2am Tuesday.
Staff at the paper plant staff will assess the damage today.
CFA fire investigators have identified a mechanical fault as a likely cause.