Demolition incident causes large blaze


PROMPT ACTION: Fire crews attend to the fire on the old jetty structure today.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The City of Whyalla can confirm a workplace incident has caused a significant fire on the city’s old jetty.

Just after noon, demolition work by a contractor sparked a fire on the jetty’s plastic-based planks. This fire quickly spread to the eastern third of the jetty.

Metropolitan and Country Fire Service crews, SES and police were promptly on the scene to secure the area and bring the fire under control.

The present structure is being demolished in preparation for a new innovative loop-design jetty.

Council CEO Chris Cowley said while the incident was regrettable, it was contained within the construction site now under control of Maritime Constructions, the company contracted to demolish the old structure and construct the new jetty.

“This appears to be an unfortunate workplace incident that has resulted in a fairly significant fire,” Mr Cowley said.

“Importantly, we have had no reports of anyone being injured in this incident and it seems there was no danger, from the fire or smoke, to Whyalla residents.

“We will seek a debrief from Maritime Constructions on the reasons for this fire and seek further assurances that all safety measures are being observed in the demolition and construction to ensure there are no more incidents of this nature.

“We’d like to thank the fire crews and police that acted so quickly to put this fire out and ensure the safety of everyone in Whyalla.”

More updates to come.



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