Fire crews gain control over tyre blaze in Melbourne
Fire crews in Melbourne have gained control of a large blaze burning through 150,000 tyres at a yard in Broadmeadows, but warn it may take several days to extinguish.
The authorities will take advantage of cooler and calmer conditions today as they fight the fire, which broke out yesterday morning at the yard. The blaze sent a plume of toxic, black smoke across suburbs neighbouring Broadmeadows, in the city’s north.
Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) incident controller Peter Thomas said 70 firefighters worked through the night and were able to bring in machinery to start pulling the tyres apart.
“The crews have worked pretty hard overnight and knocked it right down to a point where we’ve been able to get some machinery in, some excavators and bulldozers, to start pulling the pile apart,” he said. “So that’s the only way we’re really going to extinguish it, to get to the bottom of the deep-seated fire. “With these things, big piles of rubbish basically made of rubber … you’ve got to get right down to the bottom to make sure you extinguish all the hotspots in the fire.”
The pile of tyres may burn for several days, according to the MFB.
Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze, but the authorities do not believe it is suspicious.