A massive fire in Melbourne’s northern suburbs may last for several days, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) chief officer Dan Stephens told reporters on Friday.
The fire broke out at a factory which housed flammable liquids in Campbellfield on Friday morning, according MFB. About 30 people were said to have evacuated the building, which is located about 20 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.
“While we’ve very quickly managed to bring the fire under control, this incident is likely to last for a number of days while we’re able to get in, make the building safe and then fully extinguish the fire,” Stephens told reporters at 11.30am.
“It’ll have to be dug out, turned over and then fully extinguished before we can then hand it back to the owners.”
Stephens declined to comment on the cause of the fire, which has sent thick black smoke billowing into Melbourne’s skies.
— Paul Dowsley (@pauldowsley7) 4 April 2019
According to news.com.au, the building that has caught fire is registered to Bradbury Industrial Services, a toxic waste disposal company.
Witnesses described hearing explosions during the early morning blaze. One witness told 3AW radio that he saw a “massive explosion that looked like a mushroom cloud”.
Over 100 firefighters are attempting to tackle the growing inferno.
MFB and @CFA_Updates are currently battling a significant fire at #Campbellfield. I myself am on scene. There are currently about 175 firefighters on scene doing an outstanding job in challenging windy conditions. pic.twitter.com/BHUEMNrqU8
— Dan Stephens (@MFBChief) April 4, 2019
People have been advised to avoid the area and keep their windows closed.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.