BLAZE: A fire burns at a Caboolture sawmill.
BLAZE: A fire burns at a Caboolture sawmill.

Caboolture sawmill blaze cause still unknown

FIRE crews have battled a highly flammable fuel source to extinguish a blaze that extensively damaged a Caboolture sawmill.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews were called to the Henzell Rd property about 3.30pm on Sunday and arrived to see smoke billowing from the top.

Fire crews brought the blaze under control about 5pm and remained on to extinguish the fire.

The blaze was in a 30m-by-30m shed filled with sawdust used to fuel boilers at another part of the Carter Holt Harvey facility.

Acting Inspector Area Commander of Burpengary Command Grant Gaskin said that the flammable material made extinguishing the fire completely very difficult.

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"Anywhere there's a large stockpile of material such as sawdust there's going to be issues with ventilation and getting access to the deepest parts of the fire," he said.

"(Buildings on the property are) all interconnected and that was where they did such a good job… in isolating all these manufacturing processes from the fire.

"They contained it to the one building, which was a great effort."

Crews used a sky-lift to target hotspots in the building yesterday morning but weren't able to finish the job until a structural engineer gave the all-clear to enter the badly damaged building.

Carter Holt Harvey workers were then able to get inside and remove the flammable sawdust while a fire crew watched on closely for any flare-ups.

The Fire InvestigationUnit was on scene yesterday with help from police investigators but Act Insp Gaskin said the fire didn't look suspicious "at this stage".

"There's been nothingestablished at this stage as to the start of the fire," he said.

A fire severely damaged a CHH facility in Gympie in December 2012.

A Carter Holt Harvey manager didn't return calls asking for comment on how the fire would affect the business.



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