CFA crews were originally responded to the vicinity of Princes Freeway & Koo Wee Rup – Healesville Road for a possible factory fire at that location.
Further information from multiple 000 calls indicated the fire was located in Drovers Place and could possibly be a rubbish fire as well as a message from an en-route appliance that the fire was visible from that location.
On arrival Incident Controller Lieutenant Stuart Mitchell from Pakenham Fire Brigade was faced with an industrial block approximately 40m x 90 meters containing multiple piles of demolition rubble and timber engulfed in flames.
Crews wearing Breathing Apparatus utilised ground monitors as well as the assistance of Dandenong Pumper 2 and Ladder Platform to apply large quantities of water over the area.
State Emergency Service (SES) crews from Pakenham and Narre Warren units provided lighting of the scene.
A stop wordback was placed at 1:50am with crews remaining onscene until shortly after 3:00am.
Crews/Agencies involved: Pakenham, Nar Nar Goon, Clyde, Toomuc, Cockatoo, Lang Lang, Tynong, Gembrook, Bunyip, Hallam, Narre Warren, Upper Beaconsfield, Scoresby, Cranbourne, Frankston, Dandenong, Pakenham SES, Narre Warren SES, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Acting Operations Manager Jim Dore.
Images: Cameron Lewien - Pakenham Fire Brigade