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Fire in Car Parts Business, Condell Park

Published: 8th June 2006

Shortly before 11.30 pm on 7 June 2006, the NSW Fire Brigades received triple zero calls to a factory on fire in Condell Park. Fire crews were quickly on the scene to find large volumes of smoke issuing from a car wrecking business. Firefighters wearing air cylinders investigated further and discovered a well advanced fire at the rear of the site involving cars stacked three high and in various stages of wrecking. The fire was spreading rapidly and threatening a lightweight structure on the site and neighbouring property, so an urgent request for assistance was made. Ultimately 40 firefighters from eight brigades were committed to this incident.

Firefighters contained the fire to car storage racking and prevented it from spreading to adjacent buildings. There was no structural damage but approximately 50 of 150 cars stored on the racks and a range of spare parts were severely damaged. There were no injuries. The operation lasted approximately an hour and a half before the fire was brought under control. At 1.35 am the fire was extinguished, but crews remained at the incident mopping up until after 3am.

The NSW Fire Brigades Fire Investigation and Research Unit is working with the Police to investigate the cause of the fire.