16 Jul, 2024
Chemical explosion causes major Melbourne factory fire
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Chemical explosion causes major Melbourne factory fire

Sydney, July 10 (IANS): Authorities rushed to the factory in Melbourne’s west after a major fire broke out following a chemical explosion on Wednesday.

The Victoria Fire Service said emergency services arrived at Swann Drive at about 11:20 a.m. local time in response to a “major factory fire” in Derrimut, Xinhua news agency reports.

“Specialist equipment is in place, including overhead equipment. A public safety alert has been issued for Albion, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Derrimut, Laverton North, Sunshine, Sunshine West, Tottenham and Truganina,” the fire service said.

A Watch and Act alert remains in force in the affected areas, urging residents to immediately shelter indoors as winds blow “toxic smoke east across Derrimut”.

At this stage, additional extinguishing agents are being dispatched to the scene to extinguish the fire.

“There are no reports of any injuries. It is believed that all occupants of the building have evacuated safely,” a Victoria Police spokesman confirmed to Xinhua.

“Traffic in the area may be disrupted for some time as Swann Drive will be closed and westbound traffic on the Deer Park Bypass will be suspended for safety reasons,” the spokesman added.

Derrimut, located about 17 km west of Melbourne’s central business district, is home to over 8,000 residents. The suburban street Swann Drive connects several distribution centres and warehouses.