Dust extraction unit starts factory fire

A cyclone extraction unit at Maryboroughʼs McPhersonʼs Printing Group factory caught fire last week.

It took firefighters around two hours to fully contain a blaze which started in Maryborough’s McPherson’s Printing Group factory last week.

Two Maryborough CFA units were called to the Nelson Street factory at around 8.40 pm on Thursday night where a dust extraction unit, which was located on the outside of the building, had caught fire.

“On arrival, the factory had been fully evacuated and the maintenance crew were on hand to help us battle the fire,” Maryborough CFA Captain Darryl Wagstaff said.

“We extinguished the blaze in the dust extractor by removing the powder dust compound and spraying water into the unit.

“It was quite complex to ensure that every piece of the equipment was fully extinguished, it took around two hours to deem the scene as safe.”

Captain Wagstaff said the blaze had the potential to spread throughout the factory and that the central section of the building was completely filled with smoke on the brigade’s arrival.

“Smoke had been blown through the extractor system and into the main part of the factory,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 13.

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