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Majura Fire

By - 1 June 2012 8

ACT Fire & Rescue on scene at Range Lane (off Majura Road), at the Majura Field Firing Range following two domestic storage tanks which are on fire.

ACT Ambulance Service on scene as a precaution with no injuries.

Update to follow.

12:16pm Friday 1 Jun 2012

A LPG 7000 litre tanker has rolled and come into contact with two 5000 litre domestic gas cylinders.

ACT Fire & Rescue has set up a 500 metre exclusion zone as a precaution whilst crews assess the fire.

12:39pm Friday 1 Jun 2012

Fire has not been extinguished. Gas cylinders continue to burn.

A 500 metre exclusion zone remains in place as a precaution whilst crews continue to assess the situation.

No current threat to the area.

12:53pm Friday 1 Jun 2012

Correction- The 7000 litre tanker collided with one of the domestic gas cylinders and did not roll as earlier reported.

Fire continues to burn in gas cylinders and a 500 metre exclusion zone remains in place as a precaution.

1:06pm Friday 1 Jun 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue has eliminated risk of any major explosion.

The gas cylinder is continuing to burn in a controlled manner.

ACT Fire & Rescue will remain on scene until fire has been extinguished.

2:00pm Friday 1 June 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue is utilising an Australian Federal Police helicopter to beam live video footage of the gas cylinder to monitor the situation from the air.

ACT Fire & Rescue crews will remain on scene until all gas has been burnt out of the cylinder.

No risk of any major explosion at this time.

3:15pm Friday 1 June 2012

Fire continues to burn in one of the gas cylinders in a controlled manner.

The gas is continuing to leak slowly.

ACT Fire & Rescue will remain on scene through the night and have reduced the exclusion zone to 200 metres.

4:40pm Friday 1 June 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue fully extinguished the gas bottle fire at Majura around 3 o’clock.

Firefighters then conducted atmospheric monitoring before declaring the area safe.

The scene has now been handed over to Comcare for investigation of the incident

3:39am Saturday 2 June 2012

Firefighters remained on scene overnight with only a small amount of fire believed to be still burning.

ACT Fire & Rescue day shift fire crews will take a closer look at the scene later this morning using thermal cameras to determine the exact situation.

A 200 metre exclusion zone remains in place as a precaution.

8:26am Saturday 2 June 2012

[Courtesy ACT]

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Majura Fire
EvanJames 8:56 pm 02 Jun 12

bundah said :

Fair call however one can thank the ACT govt’s unwillingness to allocate funds to upgrade Majura Rd when it became obvious many years ago that it would become a major thoroughfare for Gungahlin commuters!

That’s a similar argument to those who say that until the government “gives” them a dragway, we can’t complain if they go out committing anti-social acts with their cars.

Russ 7:42 pm 02 Jun 12

I’m slightly perplexed by the reference to two “domestic” gas tanks of 5,000 litres each. And why a firing range would need so much gas.

As for the chopper “beaming live footage” it sounds a bit pointless. Once the tank was ruptured and burning, there’s little anyone can do until the gas is exhausted, and there’s very little chance of explosion as it’s *very* difficult to get LPG to burn explosively.

bd84 1:13 pm 02 Jun 12

bundah said :

EvanJames said :

Very polite of the cops not to give an honourable mention to the myriad of IDIOTS who didn’t move to the side of the road when various emergency vehicles came up behind them with all their lights and sirens going. It was just incredible, we watched various fire appliances, cops on bikes and in cars, the ambulance, sitting behind car after car, everything flashing and honking and sirening, and the cattle driving the cars just kept…. driving.

At one point, a blue cop car gave up and just started overtaking a line of them on Majura Rd on the wrong side of the road (his headlights were also flashing on and off). The cattle driving the oncoming car didn’t move over, oh no. So the cop had to manouvre between the idiots on both sides who wouldn’t move over.

Not exaggerating, the cars who did move to the left and pull over were by far the minority. Most traffic just kept on driving.

Pretty good big pall of black oily smoke going up over the Majura training centres.

Fair call however one can thank the ACT govt’s unwillingness to allocate funds to upgrade Majura Rd when it became obvious many years ago that it would become a major thoroughfare for Gungahlin commuters!

Government stupidity isn’t really an excuse for morons who don’t pull over or give way for emergency vehicles. They should put cameras on the vehicles and review footage later to mail out infringement notices.

On a side note, I wouldn’t want to be the driver of the truck who hit the bottles having to ring his boss to tell him that he has made a boo-boo..

bundah 6:13 pm 01 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

Very polite of the cops not to give an honourable mention to the myriad of IDIOTS who didn’t move to the side of the road when various emergency vehicles came up behind them with all their lights and sirens going. It was just incredible, we watched various fire appliances, cops on bikes and in cars, the ambulance, sitting behind car after car, everything flashing and honking and sirening, and the cattle driving the cars just kept…. driving.

At one point, a blue cop car gave up and just started overtaking a line of them on Majura Rd on the wrong side of the road (his headlights were also flashing on and off). The cattle driving the oncoming car didn’t move over, oh no. So the cop had to manouvre between the idiots on both sides who wouldn’t move over.

Not exaggerating, the cars who did move to the left and pull over were by far the minority. Most traffic just kept on driving.

Pretty good big pall of black oily smoke going up over the Majura training centres.

Fair call however one can thank the ACT govt’s unwillingness to allocate funds to upgrade Majura Rd when it became obvious many years ago that it would become a major thoroughfare for Gungahlin commuters!

dpm 6:00 pm 01 Jun 12

I hear the good ol AFP chopper was used to monitor the situation for the firies! Go supercopter!! Is there anything it can’t do?

c_c 3:38 pm 01 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

Very polite of the cops not to give an honourable mention to the myriad of IDIOTS who didn’t move to the side of the road when various emergency vehicles came up behind them with all their lights and sirens going. It was just incredible, we watched various fire appliances, cops on bikes and in cars, the ambulance, sitting behind car after car, everything flashing and honking and sirening, and the cattle driving the cars just kept…. driving.

At one point, a blue cop car gave up and just started overtaking a line of them on Majura Rd on the wrong side of the road (his headlights were also flashing on and off). The cattle driving the oncoming car didn’t move over, oh no. So the cop had to manouvre between the idiots on both sides who wouldn’t move over.

Not exaggerating, the cars who did move to the left and pull over were by far the minority. Most traffic just kept on driving.

Pretty good big pall of black oily smoke going up over the Majura training centres.

Seems about right. I was once at the intersection below where Monaro Hwy crosses over the top of Canberra Ave. Big fire in Fyshwick, fire truck waiting to turn right onto Canberra Ave and all the traffic just kept going through the intersection blocking the truck which sat there with lights and sirens on itching out but never given a chance.

EvanJames 2:43 pm 01 Jun 12

Very polite of the cops not to give an honourable mention to the myriad of IDIOTS who didn’t move to the side of the road when various emergency vehicles came up behind them with all their lights and sirens going. It was just incredible, we watched various fire appliances, cops on bikes and in cars, the ambulance, sitting behind car after car, everything flashing and honking and sirening, and the cattle driving the cars just kept…. driving.

At one point, a blue cop car gave up and just started overtaking a line of them on Majura Rd on the wrong side of the road (his headlights were also flashing on and off). The cattle driving the oncoming car didn’t move over, oh no. So the cop had to manouvre between the idiots on both sides who wouldn’t move over.

Not exaggerating, the cars who did move to the left and pull over were by far the minority. Most traffic just kept on driving.

Pretty good big pall of black oily smoke going up over the Majura training centres.

fnaah 1:39 pm 01 Jun 12

Well that explains that, then.

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