Horsham King Drive fire destroys machinery

A FIRE in Horsham’s industrial area has caused damage worth more than $800,000.

Fire crews were called to a blaze in King Drive, Horsham, at 8.10pm on Monday.

Country Fire Authority district 17 acting operations manager Craig Brittain said when crews arrived, they found a prime mover car carrier alight.

“Fortunately, people passing by saw the fire and called it in,” he said.

“Horsham Fire Brigade volunteers did a fantastic job and the fire was under control within about 30 minutes.”

Mr Brittain said the prime mover was completely destroyed and a trailer was damaged.

“There was also a truck and trailer nearby that was impacted by the fire and heat and severely damaged as a result,” he said.

“A tilt tray tow truck was also damaged.

“The fire would have caused damage worth about $700,000 to $800,000 – maybe more.”

Mr Brittain said investigators were at the scene on Tuesday to determine the cause of the fire.

He said the machinery was all out in a yard, meaning fire fighters had reasonable access to the scene.

“If the machinery was parked in a shed, it would have been a more significant fire,” he said.

Mr Brittain said a firefighter was taken to hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation.

He said she was okay.