Torquay station officer Mark Long inspects the burnt out sawmill at Torbanlea Pine Timbers after fire ripped through early yesterday morning.
Torquay station officer Mark Long inspects the burnt out sawmill at Torbanlea Pine Timbers after fire ripped through early yesterday morning. Alistair Brightman

Electrical fault blamed for fire

UNCERTAINTY loomed for 10 sawmill employees after fire tore through their workplace near Torbanlea yesterday morning.

Torbanlea Pine Timbers owner John Richardson said an employee who lived on the Churchill Mines Road property raised the alarm in the early hours of the morning and called triple-0.

“About $60,000 of damage was done to the bottom half of the sawmill,” Mr Richardson said.

“It looks like it might have been an electrical fault.”

A fire crew from Maryborough were called to the sawmill about 2.30am.

They were joined by an auxiliary crew from Pialba and two rural fire crews.

“On arrival there was an open-sided structure about 70 metres by 30 metres which was well involved in fire,” Maryborough acting station officer Warren McKean said.

“The lower third of the structure was well involved. It was the processing mill and there was a lot of woodchip and sawdust.

“We went in and put our breathing apparatus team into action and attacked the fire internally.

“The rural appliances assisted us externally and helped us with the water supply.

“It took about 25 minutes to contain.

“There were three houses on the site but the only structure damaged was the mill shed.

“All the firefighters did a wonderful job and there were no injuries.”

Police guarded the site until daylight when fire investigators arrived.

The investigators could not determine the exact cause of the fire but a police spokesman said it was not being treated as suspicious.



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