Large machine ablaze, gas bottles explode during Londonderry fire

Firefighters have managed to prevent a blaze involving a large machine and exploding gas bottles from creating a major bushfire during a total fire ban at Londonderry.

Richmond Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) station commander James Rowland said firefighters were alerted to the machinery fire during high temperatures shortly before 11am on Friday, November 2.

Crews attend the scene of the blaze at Londonderry. Picture: Richmond Fire and Rescue.

Crews attend the scene of the blaze at Londonderry. Picture: Richmond Fire and Rescue.

“Due to the day being a total fire ban, crews were conducting bushfire preparedness and were already in the local area,” he stated.

“Pumper 82 arrived on scene within seven minutes to find the large machine well alight and gas bottles exploding, with fire spreading to nearby bushland and properties.

The burnt out machine. Picture: Richmond Fire and Rescue.

The burnt out machine. Picture: Richmond Fire and Rescue.

“Quick action by FRNSW firefighters stopped the spread of the fire and extinguished the fire. Tanker 82 and NSW RFS tankers also supported with firefighting operations.”

Fire and Rescue Hazmat crews also attended the scene, due to hydraulic oil spilled from the machine, he said.