Rubbish fire under investigation


A rubbish fire in Brooklyn on Sunday morning is still under investigation.

Fire Rescue Victoria crews were called to Cleanaway’s Brooklyn Resource Recovery Centre at 174 Old Geelong Road about 1am.

Crews arrived to find a 20m by 30m pile of rubbish on fire.

Firefighters had to force entry to the premises to access the fire.

Excavator operators were needed to assist in breaking up the pile of rubbish, enabling the firefighters to extinguish the fire.

The fire was declared under control just before 2am.

An advice warning was issued at the time alerting residents in the surrounding suburbs that smoke would be visible.

FRV has attributed the fire to spontaneous combustion.

The Environment Protection Authority is investigating the fire.

It’s the second fire at that site this year.

In January, a fire at a concrete pit at the site, which saw an advice warning sent out to residents in 17 suburbs due to the smoke and smell.