Fire at $13m waste facility blamed on hot coals

The scene at the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility following a fire. Photo 7 News Toowoomba
The scene at the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility following a fire. Photo 7 News Toowoomba

UPDATE: Hot ashes are being blamed for causing a fire at the $13m Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility.

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Services portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill said emergency response systems including fire alarms and fire sprinklers activated automatically when a fire broke out about 8pm yesterday.

He said all emergency procedures worked as designed with fire crews quickly extinguishing the fire.

"Council's Waste Services officers separated the waste. A small section of waste reignited around 6am with emergency services quickly controlling the morning outbreak," Cr Cahill said.

"Thankfully, there were no injuries to any people and no damage to plant or buildings. The burnt material has been cleaned up and the facility is operating normally.

Cr Cahill said it was important for residents to extinguish hot ashes before putting them in waste bins or taking them to the facility.

EARLIER: Firefighters have returned to the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility this morning after a fire that started last night re-ignited.

About 7.30pm an alarm sounded at the $13m facility and emergency services received multiple Triple Zero calls advising there was smoke issuing from sheds.

When firefighters arrived they saw a commercial shed at the back with general waste piled up that was on fire.

Crews dampened the flames before Toowoomba Regional Council workers arrived.

A spokesman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the fire was not being deemed suspicious.

The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

Crews are currently on-scene at the facility. 

Topics:  fire toowoomba

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