9 April 2019
Victoria’s emergency management sector has been working as one in the last week to manage the community impacts of a large factory fire at Campbellfield.
The fire on Thorncroft Road in Campbellfield started on Friday, 5 April and prompted a significant multi-agency response.
At its peak, around 175 firefighters and more than 40 trucks responded. There was considerable community impact as a result of the fire. There was a large volume of smoke initially.
Agencies including EPA, Melbourne Water, MFB and Department of Health and Human Services worked together to manage impacts.
The fire was challenging, with windy conditions posing significant difficulty for attending firefighters. Crews did a fantastic job surrounding and containing what was a complex fire.
Firefighters spent several days at the scene, monitoring and extinguishing hot spots to ensure the site was made safe.
Four days on, specialist fire investigators and Victoria Police will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
Photo credit: MFB and Blair Dellemijn