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UPDATE: Fertiliser causes explosions at Altona factory fire

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18 Feb 2014
Eighty firefighters battle blaze in Altona

Eighty firefighters have attended a fire in ​Pinnacle Road, Altona North, after receiving calls about 7.45pm.

Fire crews were initially dispatched to reports of explosions and a fire in a factory. On arrival firefighters found a 50m x 80m garden supplies store and associated factory fully involved in fire and threatening adjoining premises.

Initial efforts were directed to protecting property not already on fire.  These efforts included the removal of trucks parked in the yard away from the fire.

The building is severely damaged with significant structural collapse.  The appliances included elevated work platforms to direct water from overhead onto the fire.

Due to the size of the smoke plume a community warning has been issued.  A smell of smoke has been reported across the northern suburbs.

The building is believed to contain fertiliser ingredients and fire fighting efforts are expected to continue through the night.  The fire took approximately 90 minutes to bring under control.

Damage is expected to exceed $1,000,000.

The cause of the fire will investigated in daylight.  There are no reports of injuries.







NO. of FIREFIGHTERS:Approx. 80

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