Moe fire under investigation

The Country Fire Authority is investigating the cause of a building fire in Moe early this morning.

District 27 Operations Officer Paul Fixter told The Express firefighters responded to reports of a fire at a Narracan Drive automotive paint workshop about 1am.

“About 13 CFA appliances from as far east as Trafalgar and as far west as Traralgon attended to an automotive paint work shop which was well alight on arrival,” Mr Fixter said.

“It was a pretty extensive building, about 30 metres by 15m in size.”

He said the building was vacant at the time.

“We tried to do an initial internal search but it became too dangerous so we conducted an external search,” Mr Fixter said.

He said firefighters wore full structural uniforms and donned a breathing apparatus as a preventative measure due to the content of the building.

“Firefighters were able to stop the spread of the fire to adjoining buildings, while dealing with a roof collapse, partial roof collapse and minor explosions from flammable paint products,” Mr Fixter said.

“It was a great effort by all crews, with assistance from Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.”

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the blaze.