At 6.41pm on Monday 26 June, a fire started on the Tomkins’ site on Hamilton Road in Chermside. Four intruders were filmed on Tomkins’ site security CCTV cameras, and the fire appears to have been intentionally lit with evidence left on site.

The fire was entirely isolated to the one section of the site’s scaffold safety mesh. There appears to be no building damage from the fire.

QFES were on the scene incredibly quickly, and put the fire under control within minutes, using a combination of Tomkins’ own site hydrant system and QFES pumps. Queensland Police have also been on site to assess the crime scene and collect evidence.

The scaffolding is currently isolated to allow QFES and Qld Police to investigate the crime scene, and allow engineers to assess the scaffold structure. Tomkins expects the site to be back up and running by tomorrow morning after confirming the safety of the scaffold prior to undertaking any construction works.

Tomkins received great feedback from QFES on the site’s internal access and fire hydrant systems allowing them to safely access and quickly fight the fire from both within the building whilst supported by their own firefighting efforts externally.

Tomkins would like to thank both the QFES and Qld Police Service in their efforts towards resolving this situation swiftly and effectively.