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More than 70 firemen fight WA pool chemical blaze

May 6, 2014
The aftermath of the fire at Waterco’s Balcatta dangerous goods store

Ten fire engines were called to a fire at Waterco’s warehouse in the Perth suburb of Balcatta at about 7:30pm on Saturday May 3. As many as 70 firefighters battled the blaze until the early hours of the morning.

No-one was injured in the fire.

The WA Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued health warning to residents as a precaution, concerned that the pool chemicals in the warehouse, principally chlorine, could produce toxic fumes under combustion.

Residents in surrounding suburbs were cautioned to remain inside with doors and windows closed. No injuries were reported and the warning was lifted on Sunday.

Police have ruled out arson but the specific cause of the fire is as yet unknown.

The fire was contained to the dangerous goods (DG) store, where pool chemicals are stored. There was significant damage to the DG store where the eastern wall fell onto the adjourning premises. The other walls of the DG store were also damaged and supporting beams have become warped.

An assessment is being done to determine whether the remainder of the building (warehouse and office) has been damaged, although initial reports suggests that this is not the case.

Hazardous materials are being removed from the site to minimise the impact of fire and to prevent further losses.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and Waterco said in a statement that as far as they are aware, nobody was injured.

“Other than a temporary slight disruption in the supply of a limited range of stock, Waterco’s customers in Western Australia will not be impacted,” Waterco said in the statement.

“The business on site has resumed as usual. Based on current assessment, the fire will not have significant impact on the results of the Group.”

Waterco has commenced an investigation to determine the cause of the fire and to assess the extent of the damage. A structural engineer is assessing the damage and will make a determination regarding what needs to be done to make the premises safe.



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