Conveyor belt and hopper fire under control

A fire that ignited in a hopper and conveyor belt in Laverton North was quickly brought under control this afternoon.

Sunday, 27 September 2020 at 4:45 am

It took just six minutes for FRV crews to arrive at the site on Hume Road, after a call was made to triple zero (000) just before 1pm.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection from the smoke, crews quickly located and extinguished a fire on a conveyor belt, before turning their efforts to a nearby hopper full of shredded rubber.

Approximately 30 firefighters then faced the complex task of emptying combustible contents of the hopper to ensure the fire was out.

Their efforts ensured the incident was declared under control within 20 minutes of arrival on scene.

Thankfully, five workers evacuated safely and without injury.

The blaze is believed to have started after friction caused the contents of the hopper to ignite.

At the height of the fire there were seven firefighting appliances on scene including a rescue and an aerial appliance, in addition to three other FRV units.