At approx 9am this morning calls were received at the 000 (tripple zero) call centre to advise of a factory on fire at 32 Industrial Avenue, Hoppers Crossing 3029.
Upon arrival, fire crews from both FRV and CFA immediately raised the job to a second alarm and in turn, automatically requested extra appliances and a Commander to attend, also notified the water authority and the relevant power company to attend.
Shortly after the second alarm escalation, the Toorak Times deployed our senior photographer, Lord Murray Schoorman from Peak Hour Images to attend and capture images for our masthead.
As this was a workplace incident the fire crews notified the on call staff at Worksafe Victoria and requested their attendance.
Our investigations reveal the owner of the trailer manufacturing business is Salem “Sam” Estepho and he also owns another business Vixol Australia based in Campbelfield.
The fire involved approx. 3000 litres of paint and thinners and was brought under control within the hour.
Two appliances from FRV FS58 (Point Cook) setup a fire duty to monitor hotspots and wait for FIU (Fire Investigation Unit) attendance. When the FIU team arrive it will be their job to investigate and determine a cause.