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Massive fire at Melbourne factory

April 5, 2019 12:41 pm
Massive fire at Melbourne factory [Source: 9News]

One hundred firefighters are tackling a massive blaze at an industrial waste factory in north Melbourne.

The fire broke out in a factory provides storage for industrial and hazardous waste at Thorneycroft Road in Campbellfield, in the city’s north, earlier this morning.

Thirty people at the Bradbury Industrial Services site fled as the fire took hold. Hazardous industrial material is ablaze and toxic smoke is billowing out.

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One witness told 9NEWS he saw barrels flying in the air earlier this morning as the fire took hold.

A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman told 9NEWS the fire has been contained but there are a number of running fuel fires.

“There will be some heat and smoke damage at this point to the surrounding premises. But as it stands, we have managed to contain the fire.”

He said hazardous material was inside the factory and the blaze would likely last for a number of days.

“The extent is still being established but what I can say is that there are numerous classifications of hazardous materials inside the premises.”

Alex Paul who worked at a neighbouring site said he heard screams of “Get out” as workers fled the scene.

“We moved about five buildings down. We didn’t realise how dangerous it was. Then we saw barrels flying in the air.”

Explosions are still being heard as firefighters struggle to control the fire from spreading.

Bradbury had its licence to handle the hazardous material cancelled two weeks ago.

One person has been treated for an eye injury, Ambulance Victoria said.

Students and parents at a local primary school are being urged to stay away today.

Holy Child Primary School is about three kilometres from the factory.

Principal Allan Smith said the smoke is visible from the school.

“We have been advising our parents to stay at home and lock their doors and windows.”

Toxic smoke and giant flames are pouring out, and authorities are warning residents, especially people with breathing difficulties, about the danger of inhaling smoke.

Thick black smoke is billowing across the area and into neighbouring suburbs and south towards the Melbourne CBD.

One hundred firefighters are on the scene. Aircraft have also been deployed to tackle the blaze.

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