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Chemical explosion triggers major factory fire in Melbourne

Chemical explosion triggers major factory fire in Melbourne

SYDNEY: Authorities rushed to a factory in Melbourne’s west after a large chemical explosion sparked a major fire on Wednesday. Fire Rescue Victoria reported that crews arrived at Swann Drive at about 11.20am local time to respond to a “large factory fire” in Derrimut, Xinhua news agency reports.

“Specialised equipment is on site, including lifting equipment. A warning has been issued to the public for Albion, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Derrimut, Laverton North, Sunshine, Sunshine West, Tottenham and Truganina,” the fire service said.

A “Watch and Act” warning remains in place for affected areas, with residents urged to seek immediate indoor shelter as winds are “blowing toxic smoke eastwards over Derrimut”.

Additional fire-fighting equipment is currently being deployed on site.

“There are no reports of injuries and it is believed that all people in the building have been safely evacuated,” a Victoria Police spokesman confirmed to Xinhua.

“Traffic in the area is expected to be impacted for some time as Swann Drive is closed and westbound traffic on the Deer Park Bypass has been suspended for safety reasons,” the spokesperson added.

Derrimut is located approximately 17km west of Melbourne’s CBD and is home to more than 8,000 residents. The suburb has Swann Drive connecting several distribution centres and warehouses.