Ex­plo­sive Oak­lands fire

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

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.’’

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