Firefighters battle reptile factory fire in Kilsyth South

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CFA firefighters battled a large factory fire filled with reptiles in Kilsyth South last night (3 June).


Firefighters were called to the structure fire at Canterbury Road at around 8.28pm.

The incident occurred at a reptile facility which housed over 540 animals including snakes, crocodiles and lizards.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Renkin, who was on scene, said there was a large amount of smoke when crews first arrived.

"Firefighting crews could see there were flames coming from the roof space and they quickly gained access to start combating the fire. A ladder platform was used to gain access to the roof which helped contain the fire," Dave said.

"As a safety measure none of our firefighters went near the room that contained venomous snakes and Ambulance Victoria was on scene to assist if required.

"Once the fire had safely been extinguished the owners and wildlife carers started to remove reptiles and animals. Sadly some were lost in the fire but many were saved.

"No day is ever the same in this job."

Victoria Police was also called to the scene.

Thirteen CFA units responded alongside FRV.

The incident was deemed safe and under control at 9.44pm.

The cause of the fire will be investigated today.


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