Monday, April 9, 2012

Fremantle container blaze bill hits $500k

NEARLY a dozen shipping containers were engulfed in a blaze in Fremantle Port yesterday that caused $500,000 damage 

The stack of containers in the Rous Head Harbour on North Mole Drive, North Fremantle, caught fire about 4pm yesterday.

Original reports from fire officials suggested 20 containers were ablaze but the number was later rounded down to 11.

A Fire and Emergency Services Authority spokeswoman said 13 fire crews with about 40 firefighters were sent to fight the blaze, which was under control by about 8pm.

Crews stayed overnight to clean up the area.

A fire investigation has been unable to determine the cause for the fire.

One of the containers, which belong to hire and servicing company Container Refrigeration, was believed to have contained oil.  

The majority of the containers were empty.

The Department of Environment and Conservation's Pollution Response Unit conducted air monitoring and analysis after concerns were raised about the large amount of thick smoke in the area.

Unit inspectors reported no chemicals of concern were detected downwind of the fire.

A spokesman for Container Refrigeration declined to comment yesterday, telling PerthNow that he was "busy working on the fires".

According to the company's website, Container Refrigeration specialises in the hire, sales, service and modification of shipping containers both for refrigerated and general purpose.


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