Fire at MDF plant

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Workers lined the MDF plant dispatch entrance after being evacuated due to a fire earlier this morning.

At 8.10am, two units from the Richmond Volunteer Fire Brigade were joined by a Nelson and Stoke unit at the despatch entry of the plant after one of the machines caught alight.

“The machine was linked up to the extraction system so it was just a matter of making sure it hadn’t gone any further,” says Richmond Chief Fire Officer Craig Piner.

“It was a small fire, it didnt take much to put out and control but it’s all metal piping so it was hard to see where the fire was.”