Fire at recycling facility in Laverton North

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade last Wednesday were called to a recycling plant fire in Laverton North, 18km west of Melbourne’s CBD.

It comes just over a week after the Victorian Government released a report which identified that the resource recovery sector is generally “poorly prepared” and “ill-equipped” to manage the risk of fire at their facilities.

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Crews were called to the facility on Dohertys Road about 7.30pm after the fire broke out in a large rubbish pile.

The pile measures approximately 100 metres x 10 metres and seven metres high.

Firefighters attacked the blaze from multiple angles and have enlisted the help of aerial appliances to tackle the incident from above.

Staff from the recycling plant helped to break up the pile with heavy machinery.

Firefighters from the CFA also assisted on scene.