Eight trucks destroyed in massive Victorian re
Eight trucks were destroyed during a massive re that engulfed a storage shed in a regional Victorian town on September 7.
LPG cylinders stored in the shed behind D. A. & N. J. Mortimer Petroleum fuel station at Drysdale, a rural town less than 25km from the Geelong city centre, were exploding when reghters arrived at the scene before 1am.
It took Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) teams four hours to bring the re under control.
No one was hurt, however fuel tankers and hundreds of LPG cylinders at the site have been destroyed during the blaze.
A family-run business, D. A. & N. J. Mortimer, lost eight trucks, including seven fuel tankers in the re.
“They tell me I’ve lost all my trucks … so that’s a few hundred thousand dollars,” David Mortimer, one of the owners of the business, told TV news crew.
Up to 35 homes were evacuated as the LPG cylinders starting blowing up in all directions, causing havoc in the area.
CFA operations manager Wayne Aylmer says the storage shed on High Street, was well alight on arrival.
“The shed was approximately 20 x 50m and used to store LPG cylinders,” Aylmer says.
“Eight trucks, including seven fuel tankers, were destroyed as well hundreds of LPG cylinders.
“There have been some signi cant losses on site but thankfully no one has been injured.
“Thirty-ve properties were evacuated and 50 residents were relocated to a local evacuation centre.”