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Fire in Fyshwick

By Jazz - 20 November 2009 23

Anyone who’s ventured from the safe confines of their airconditioned office or home today would not at all be surprised to hear we’ve got fire. What you might be surprised to hear that its in Fyshwick. The RiotACT all seeing eye, not least of which has been supported on this occasion by Snarky, Localgirl, gingermick, Mothy, mcdoctor and DrPhil (our field correspondants) tells us that Canturf is ablaze and the CT building on Newcastle st has been abandoned evacuated.

Snarky’s post confirms :
There’s a substantial blaze at CanTurf’s Fyshwick site at the moment. Seems to have started at about 2pm or a little before. Lots of smoke and a strong northerly wind blowing the fire down towards the Gladstone/Maryborough St intersection. It appears to be one of the sheds away from the main house on the property. Co-workers who saw this first said they heard some loud explosions when the fire got going – diesel perhaps?

This bulletin from the ESA suggests its at a scrap metal yard that i didnt know existed.

If you’re in the area send in a pic.

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23 Responses to
Fire in Fyshwick
heinous 6:06 pm 20 Nov 09

I heard that a gas main caught on fire and they were scared that the small ACTEWAGL substation might go up so they evacuated everyone.

p1 5:08 pm 20 Nov 09

I’ve been listening here.

Typhoon 4:32 pm 20 Nov 09

Was evacuated from Kembla st, was definitely a synthetic fire of some sort. We heard teh drums exploding about 1km away.
Road closures will remain in place for several hours, as the fire dies down, smoke will increase.
The evacuation of Fyshwick was a farce, all traffic directed onto one road, with four seperate roads funelling traffic into it. Fortunately I was on a motorcycle or I’d still be there.
Me thinks their emergency plans need refining……….

digitalchet 4:16 pm 20 Nov 09

Some pics and videos here, by the way.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=160546&id=764622188&l=930816d4e3

(Not sure if embedded videos work, if it is indeed allowed but trying anyways just in case.)

Holden Caulfield 4:15 pm 20 Nov 09

The traffic on Canberra Ave is still pretty stuffed, so I’d say Newcastle Street is still closed.

dr phil 4:05 pm 20 Nov 09

MrMagoo said :

Have actually been listening to the Scanner online and can confirm it was a scrap metal yard rather than Canturf. Several of the fire brigade units that intitally responded have been stood down in the last 25 minutes as the situation is controlled.

As a side note, many of the regional bush fire stations have been tasked to standby mode, reporting in from towers etc. updating weather conditions etc. There’s some nervous people at the moment.

what online scanner site you at, isn’t fire and afp digital?

digitalchet 3:56 pm 20 Nov 09

I was having lunch at Cafe e Cibo (at the Wetlands) when we noticed the black smoke and were told by a helpful tradie that the fire was coming from the scrap yard near Canturf.
The black smoke is apparently due to burning tyres and probably oil also, as well as other materials which release dark noxious fumes, hence the evacuation.

As a result of police cordon we had to drive around to the other side of Fyshwick to be able to get back to our workplace on Wiluna street, which was apparently not required to evacuate. At this point it seems like only Newcastle and surrounding streets were evacuated.

I imagine the rain helped somewhat, but the two helicopters (one equipped with the drop-tank & pump mechanism and the other with a drop bucket) would probably have made the most difference.

GrimReaper711 3:54 pm 20 Nov 09

Found this photo on twitter as I was searching for people talking about the fire. http://twitpic.com/q6lah

SheepGroper 3:51 pm 20 Nov 09

We’ve received advice at work that there’s road closures because of the fire “the Monaro Highway is presently closed from the Airport through to Fyshwick. Police are blocking both bridges over the Molonglo River at Dairy Road and Morshead Drive.

Information from someone in Fyshwick suggests there was a chemical fire at the Canturf facility.”

OverreACT 3:48 pm 20 Nov 09
lobster 3:32 pm 20 Nov 09

Yeah looked that the scrap metal yard kind of opposite Canberra Times building.
Lots of different colours of smoke too.
White smoke, black smoke, grey smoke.

Two water bombing helicopters too. One with the bucket system and one with the hose. (Oh no I need a bucket and a hose ASAP bro!)

Seems to be out now though.

colourful sydney rac 3:26 pm 20 Nov 09

At the risk of giving the no talent arse clown a free plug, there are som pics on Mark Parton’s blog

http://partonwords.blogspot.com/2009/11/fyshwick-fire.html

MrMagoo 3:22 pm 20 Nov 09

Have actually been listening to the Scanner online and can confirm it was a scrap metal yard rather than Canturf. Several of the fire brigade units that intitally responded have been stood down in the last 25 minutes as the situation is controlled.

As a side note, many of the regional bush fire stations have been tasked to standby mode, reporting in from towers etc. updating weather conditions etc. There’s some nervous people at the moment.

Postalgeek 3:11 pm 20 Nov 09

30 minutes ago my advice would be to avoid Fyshwick/Canberra Avenue coz of road closures. Don’t know if it’s still the same, but it got pretty smokey for a while, and we felt at least one explosion.

watto23 2:55 pm 20 Nov 09

There is a rather large crap metal yard next to Canturf. The amount of black smoke i could see from my window and the smell suggests it was not grass burning.

Right now Newcastle st is blocked off and there is a slowly moving car park along Gladstone St.

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