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08/11/10 - Lewisham bedding factory fire - Eighty firefighters battle to protect surrounding properties

Published: 8th November 2010

At 1245 today crews responded to reports of a large factory fire in Toothill Rd at Lewisham. First arriving crews were on scene within seven minutes and reported that a bedding factory was totally involved in fire. A total of eighty firefighters from sixteen surrounding stations attended the incident and took about one hour to bring the fire under control. There was a major roof and wall collapse which resulted in the destruction of an adjoining residential house. The fire was fuelled by large quantities of bedding materials including foam, timber and plastics and created a large smoke plume which was monitored throughout the incident. About a dozen local residents were evacuated and fortunately no injuries were reported during the operation. Preliminary investigations have ruled out any suspicious circumstances.

Today crews also attended a gas leak at Woolloomooloo, a car fire at Blacktown Westpoint Shopping Centre, a switchboard fire in broken Hill and two motor vehicle accidents at Rosehill and Kincumber.