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Moe business goes up in flames

  • CFA firefighters battle a blaze at a Moe mechanics business.
  • CFA firefighters battle a blaze at a Moe mechanics business.
  • CFA firefighters battle a blaze at a Moe mechanics business.

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Structure

  12.45 PM 26 July, 2016

Location: District 27 News

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A mechanic business on Narracan Drive in Moe was destroyed by fire overnight (26 July), despite CFA crews fighting the blaze for more than two hours.

CFA responded to the call just before 1am and crews found a large shed full of cars completely engulfed in flames when they arrived. The incident was deemed under control by 3.30am. Police and fire investigators are yet to determine the cause. 

Twelve CFA trucks from across District 27 attended, including from Moe, Morwell, Newborough, Tanjil, Trafalga, Traralgon, Westbury, Willow Grove and Yallourn North.

Rostered Duty Officer Paul Fixter said the larger number of trucks attending was to enhance water access.

“Firefighters worked around a partial roof collapse and minor explosions from tins of paint and other chemicals stored in the building,” Mr Fixter said.

“Crews worked to contain the fire to the 30m by 15m structure, which saved other buildings nearby.”

Moe Fire Brigade Lieutenant Tara Paulsen, who has been a CFA volunteer for eight years, was the incident controller, taking charge on one of the biggest incidents she has managed.

“Tara had crews working brilliantly when I arrived – I was really impressed to see how well this large incident was managed,” Mr Fixter said.

Ms Paulsen has been on the back of many fire trucks and managed incidents before, so she was able to draw on her experience to take control of this larger incident.

“Due to limited water supply on the property, we needed to set up a pumper relay with several fire trucks to attack the fire,” she said.

“Crews noticed minor pops and explosions from contents overheating inside. Once the roof collapsed, the building’s structural integrity was compromised so I issued a red flag warning, which restricted all firefighters from entering the building.

“All of our crews across District 27 work well together to manage these challenges, so it was definitely a strong team effort to get this incident under control before it spread to surrounding areas.

“As is the case for many incidents, crews attending overnight were a mixture of volunteer and career firefighters who combine their skills, knowledge and extensive experience to work as one.” 

Last Updated: 29 July 2016