Eight trucks de­stroyed in mas­sive Vic­to­rian re

Australian Transport News - - News -

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 reghters 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.”

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