Explosive Oaklands fire
District firefighters were last week deployed to Oaklands to assist with a large fire at a storage facility.
The blaze at the facility, which is believed to have contained ammunition, was reported just before 11pm on Tuesday, December 11.
Due to asbestos cladding, FRNSW Hazmat teams led the efforts, with firefighters from Deniliquin, Finley, Berrigan, Corowa, Jerilderie and Mulwala deployed for various shifts after the fire broke out.
A drone operator from Sydney also assisted with efforts.
Firefighters say LPG cylinders at the property exploded, hampering firefighting efforts.
Deniliquin Fire & Rescue NSW Captain Marty Smith, who provided a Hazmat team, said the initial explosion zone was 300m, which he said set the boundary from which firefighters could safely work.
‘‘The drone used infrared technology to pinpoint hotspots so we could target them from outside,’’ Capt Smith said.
‘‘It was also not safe to go in because of potential collapse and the asbestos cladding also made it difficult to be in there.
‘‘Firefighters worked on cooling hot spots down to a safe temperature before the site was handed back to the owners.’’