Fire in Carter Holt Harvey silo

Fire in Carter Holt Harvey silo

Emergency service crews inside the exclusion zone at Carter Holt Harvey in Tumut.
Emergency service crews inside the exclusion zone at Carter Holt Harvey in Tumut.

Around 20 fire fighters, including Hazmat specialists from Wagga, remain on scene after a fire broke out in a Cater Holt Harvey sawdust silo this morning.

Tumut Fire and Rescue, along with crews from Wagga, Batlow and a Wagga Hazmat team attended the blaze around 10am and have since rendered the site safe.

The cause of the fire is unknown but the fire is believed to have started around 9-9.30am this morning.

On-site officer Dion Manning said initial concerns the fire would develop into an explosion were quickly dismissed.

Fire and Rescue quickly set about creating an exclusion zone, monitoring heat reading and ensuring the silo’s deluge system operated correctly.

Tumut Fire and Rescue captain Mick Ivill praised the work of on-site crews and said the area has been declared safe with the help of Carter Holt Harvey’s safety systems.

“The deluge system used to extinguish fires in the silo system worked as it should and quelled fire activity,” Mr Ivill said.

“Now we’re simply monitoring to ensure there are no further instances of ignition.”

Mr Manning said fire fighters will remain on site to monitor the situation over the next few hours.

“At the moment we’re in the process of monitoring, we’re going to take off the inspection hatch to flush the silo out,” Mr Manning said.

Access to the site remains restricted.