The nature of the fire that devastated Thomas Foods International’s Murray Bridge facility allowed fire crews to “attack” the blaze, saving “tens of millions of dollars of facilities.”
Metropolitan Fire Service assistant chief fire officer Roy Thompson said firefighters responded quickly and professionally, and were able to get inside to combat the situation.
“This fire was very unique,” he said. “The building acted like a chimney, sending smoke up and out, so the crews were able to actually get in and stop the fire from spreading.”
Mr Thompson said he was “very impressed” with the efforts of all firefighters battling the blaze.
“It is very courageous to fight a fire internally, but crews are trained and resourced for it,” he said.
Mr Thompson expected the number of personnel on-site to increase over the weekend due to the weather, saying the number could “increase from a hundred to hundreds.”