Photos & Video: Explosive factory fire in VIC

CFA HyChill fire
CFA HyChill fire
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On October 13th CFA and MFB stations responded to reports of a factory fire – going well. The premises known as HyChill produced air-conditioning gas and reportedly had anywhere from 100-300 gas cylinders in the factory. 

On arrival, crews found a well established fire with cylinders venting and exploding. The factory next door was a carpentry business (of course it was!) and was saved due to some aggressive exposure protection.

One man who was working in the factory was treated and transported with burns.

Make sure you listen to the video below, it’s terrifying. We also spoke with Scoresby CFA who run a hose laying appliance and boy did they lay some hose that day.

“The hose layer put down nearly 1.3km of hose and pumped out around 9000LPM of water, sucking the mains dry. The waterboard couldn’t give us any more to feed from!”

Make sure you turn the volume up for the video below. Listen to those cylinders screaming as crews arrive and set up!

I was one of the first on scene at this fire at gas servicing plant on canterbury rd Kilsyth an hour ago. Paid me on the spot for it, will be on channel 10 news possibly at 5pm. Did an interview as well but hooefully they dont use that haha. Ok so a few people asking if i had more footage.

Posted by Leon Duddington on Thursday, 11 October 2018
Video from Leon Duddington
This is the full unedited video from above – 8 minutes.
Kilsyth factory fire

Fire crews are currently battling a massive fire at a factory in Melbourne's east. #7News

Posted by 7NEWS Melbourne on Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thanks to:

  • Scoresby CFA Station /  Lieutenant Shane Addison
  • Montrose CFA Station /  Rob Waters
  • Videos – Leon Duddington
  • Matt Rech

Stations in attendance:
MFB – MFB 26, 22, 25.
CFA – Montrose, The basin, Boronia, Dandenong, Bayswater, Yellingbo, Scoresby

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  1. October 23, 2018

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