On Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 1:53pm, Mt Eliza Fire Brigade responded to a fire at Mount Eliza Secondary College on Canadian Bay Road.
On arrival we found a external dust extractor unit fully involved in fire with smoke and flames issuing above the roof line of the art centre. The unit is used to remove sawdust from the woodworking and arts and crafts area of the school.
Our crew, wearing breathing apparatus, were able to bring the fire under control in a few minutes. The fire was mostly contained to the external unit.
Fortunately the internal school building only sustained minor smoke and water damage.
Our crews used high-speed fans to remove the smoke and make the building safe.
Fortunately this was a student-free day with only staff and a small number of other people in attendance at the school.
A great job by our firefighters, along with crews from Mornington Fire Brigade and Frankston Fire Brigade who supported us and as ever, we thank them for their assistance.
The cause of this fire is currently being investigated, but is not believed to be suspicious.
This is a timely reminder to always call Triple Zero (000) immediately in an emergency.
Raising the alarm quickly is undoubtedly a factor that prevented this fire from having a much worse impact.