World News – AU – Grassfire west of Melbourne now under control


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A grass fire hazard community in Mount Cottrell and Truganina west of Melbourne was damaged by flames after a number of sheds and outbuildings were brought under control.

The fire on Troups Road, Mount Cottrell, quickly spread to 110 acres after it broke out around 6:00 p.m..

Firemen from CFA and Fire Rescue Victoria worked together to slow and ultimately control the spread of the fire.

More than 40 fire service tankers and escort vehicles were on site, including a large depth bomber and two other aircraft.

A member of the public was burned in the fire, and CFA spokesman Paul Elso said some items were damaged.

« Four outbuildings, generally small sheds, and about eight cars that were in one of the paddocks in a warehouse scenario were damaged, » he said.

Earlier, civil service official Glen Jennings said the fire produced a lot of smoke that was visible in Melbourne’s CBD.

Residents were advised to leave if an emergency alert was issued at the height of the crisis but was later downgraded to advisory level.

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Truganina, Mount Cottrell, Melbourne, Victoria, Tarneit

World news – AU – Grassfire west of Melbourne now under control


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