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Just before 2:30pm on Sunday 8 Sept the disused Smorgy's Restaurant in Bundoora at the intersection of Snake Gully Drive & Plenty Road was heavily involved in fire.
The nearby Bundoora fire station (MFB #14) is only 100 or so metres down the road and they found the old timber building well alight upon arrival. Being a primary call in the Metropolitan Fire Brigades area CFA crews were paged to support them from Plenty and South Morang.
The job was raised to a “Third Alarm” within 5 minutes to get an adequate team of fire-fighters and fire-fighting vehicles on-scene to contain the fire. Police were called to shut down a section of Plenty Road and to manage the large crowds of onlookers hampering the fire-fight.
The old building was around 30 X 50 metres in size and was fortunately not close to other buildings. With problems of low water pressure in the area the MFB called in their Hose Layer pod to assist with the CFA pumpers on-scene running a water relay.
A community warning was sent out to alert residents of the situation and be aware of what was happening. At 15:40pm a “Structure fire under control” was radioed in as fire-fighters gained a hold on the fire.
Some units were released around 5:00 pm as the fire was well under control with the MFB maintaining blackout crews overnight.
Images by Warren Mitchelson, Epping Fire Brigade and Matthew Hughes.