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Massive warehouse fire - 17 Jan 2007
Today (Tuesday 17 January 2017) is the 10th anniversary of a massive warehouse fire at DTM Logistics in Quantum Close, Dandenong South.
Hallam Fire Brigade was paged to the structure fire at 9.58pm and its pumper was responded with Fire Officer Troy Thornton, Leading firefighter Van Elmpt and Firefighter Anderson on board.
It didn’t take long before smoke and flames were visible in the area so additional resources were called on. The warehouse contained large quantities of motor oil & raw fibreglass, stockpiles of plastics, mattresses, music amplifiers, and assorted chemicals.
With strong winds fanning the fire and a running flammable liquid fire breaching bundings the job was quickly sectorised to protect a local power substation and adjoining factories.
FO Troy Thornton established an IMT (Incident Management Team) to assist with situation complexities and considerations. Strong winds, radiant heat, extreme fire behavior, wall collapses, firefighter safety and exhaustion were all part of the job at hand.
Specialist gear such as Hose layer, Dandenong platform, Teleboom, Mobile Comms Van and Hazmat were called in to assist along with additional pumpers for water supplies.
At one stage a mini tornado phenomenon occurred at the NW corner of the premises at the junction of a running oil fire and the air updraught from a storm water drain.
In the end, 11 brigades, 21 appliances and 120 personnel attended along with Victoria Police, power and gas companies, water authority, Workcover, council and EPA.
A 'Fire stop' was placed on the call at 1.52am. Although the DTM Warehouse and stock contents with trucks and trailers were destroyed, the office block and contents were saved.
It was an estimated $30 million in total losses but only superficial damage to Spuds R Us, some adjoining structures along the DTM south boundary and the electrical sub-station.
Troy praised the teamwork and cooperation among FF crews and admitted all his years of training and lessons learned certainly paid off that night.
Images and video by Keith Pakenham AFSM.