Investigators called in after LPG tanker goes up in flames

Police and the CFA are investigating a truck fire in Creswick North on Saturday night where an LPG tanker was set alight just metres from a residential property. 

Fire investigators inspect the truck fire in Creswick North. Picture: Dylan Burns

Fire investigators inspect the truck fire in Creswick North. Picture: Dylan Burns

Emergency services were called to the fire at 11.50pm on Saturday outside a property on Clunes Road.

A homeowner managed to hose down some of the fire before Creswick CFA extinguished the blaze with dry chemical. 

Fire investigators were at the scene of the blaze on Sunday morning, inspecting the fire which destroyed the left hand side of the cab.

Creswick CFA second lieutenant Mark Spence said while the tanker had several safety mechanisms and was empty at the time of fire, the potential was still “quite severe”. 

“Ultimately the potential was for a fairly large explosion if it had of become fully involved or there was a failure in the safety devices,” Mr Spence said.  “The truck was empty as far as liquid goes but there was still vapours.” 

The fire began near the front mudguard of the white Kenworth and initial investigations confirmed there did not appear to be any electrical or mechanical faults.

The truck had been stationary for at least 24 hours and no accelerants were located at the scene. 

Moorabool Crime Investigation Unit is working to determine the cause of the fire.