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Somerville sports stadium destroyed by fire
Just before 7.30am on Sunday (1 May), a fire broke out in Somerville at the Steeler Dome Sports Stadium.
By Melinda Luke
Somerville Fire Brigade received a call from an employee from the Sports Stadium informing them about the fire; she said smoke was already showing.
During Turn out Incident Controller Jason Fevola requested an additional brigade respond.
On arrival smoke was evident. The Incident Controller conducted an assessment and requested four more pumpers.
Trucks from 11 different brigades were paged including speciality appliances from Frankston, Hallam and Dandenong. Approximately 65-75 firefighters battled the blaze.
Incident Controller Fevola said “The whole crew worked well together under tough conditions.”
“There was only one person in the building at the time, an employee, she was setting up for the day when she noticed the fire, called 000 straight away and waited for us outside.”
Crew worked hard putting the fire out inside and outside the stadium.
“There was Ambulance Victoria on scene providing firefighter welfare. Victoria Police and Mornington Peninsula Shire also assisted”, Jason said.
Fortunately, no neighbouring homes or businesses were affected by fire. Residents were kept informed of what was happening and told to close windows, doors and stay indoors.
“It took approximately 60-90 minutes to control the fire, the operation then moved into overhaul and dampening hot spot spots.”
The Somerville Steeler Dome Stadium was destroyed by the fire.
The stadium was used to host state basketball games and home to the Western Port Steelers.
Photos by Mick Hembrow