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Residents urged to stay inside as toxic smoke spews from Campbellfield factory blaze

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04 Apr 2013
More than 50 firefighters fought a large factory fire in Campbellfield last night.

Thick smoke blanketed the surrounding area, and residents were advised to close their windows.

Several brigades from the CFA also attended the incident in Merola Way, Campbellfield, in support. 

When crews arrived on scene at about 11pm they found flames issuing from the roof of the chemical recycling plant and a large quantity of smoke present.  Fire crews took precautions as the building had placards to indicate the presence of dangerous goods.

The fire was declared under control, just over two hours later at 1:17am.

A community warning was issued due to the smoke, and the community were given the all clear at 04:09am.

The rear of the building was extensively damaged.  The damage cost has not yet been estimated.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The EPA was notified.  There were no reports of injuries.

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