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Factory fire disrupts Melbourne traffic

The Melbourne Fire Brigade said that at 6.30AM this morning, more than 80 firefighters battled an “out of control blaze” at a factory on Somerville Road in West Footscray.

“Crews were called to the scene just after 5AM this morning and arrived just six minutes after dispatch to find a large 100mx200m factory was fully alight.

Earlier today more than 20 firefighting appliances were on scene, including aerial appliancesattacking the blaze externally and from above.

“There is a large amount of toxic smoke which may impact the area within a 2km radius of Somerville Road,” MFB said. “A community advice warning has been issued for the following suburbs: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Tottenham, West Footscray, Altona North, Braybrook, Footscray, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Sunshine, and Yarraville.”

At 11AM, more than 100 firefighters were on the scene to contain the blaze, which escalated to an 8th alarm fire. The fire at this time was reportedly surrounded and firefighters are working hard to bring it under control.

MFB has urged community members to avoid the area, and to keep the roads clear so that emergency services can respond.

Somerville Road and Paramount Road are currently closed in both directions.

UPDATE

Businesses within a 5km radius of the fire site have been told to evacuate.

Tasman Logistics said in a statement that its import/export CFS has been forced to evacuate due to heavy toxic smoke. 

“The incident has also caused their system to go offline so they have no access to their integrated system, phones or emails.

“This will unfortunately cause delays in unpack turnaround times and prevent any pick ups and drop offs from occurring today.”

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