City responds quickly to Drysdale fire

Thursday, 7 September 2017

We successfully activated our Municipal Emergency Management Plan early this morning to support Drysdale residents impacted by a large fire at a local petrol station and fuel storage facility.  

Working with officers from the Department of Health and Human Services, we opened an emergency relief centre at the Springdale Community Centre in High Street, Drysdale.

About 47 local residents (including several children, plus family pets) attended from 30 evacuated premises.

We offered these residents a warm safe place to sleep, as well as a hot breakfast.

All had left by 8:15 this morning, but we will keep the centre open until noon and then reassess.

Fortunately, it seems there are no injuries from the incident.

However, the area around the petrol station is still blocked with local traffic restrictions in place, and we urge motorists to stay clear and let fire crews clean up.

Our building inspectors will today help fire authorities assess the safety of some houses that might have been damaged in the incident.

Peter Godfrey - Acting Director City Services 

I am firstly very pleased that there doesn’t seem to have been any injuries as a result of this fire.

I’m also very pleased to see that the City’s normal emergency management plans fell into place like clockwork, and we were able to provide immediate help and support to local families caught up in this incident.

We will continue to provide every assistance to help get people back safely into their homes as quickly as possible.