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Update - Footscray Factory (17.54hrs)

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10 Jan 2011
MFB firefighters have advised people in the vicinity of Cowper Street, Footscray they should still stay indoors and shelter in place due to smoke from a factory fire

Issued 17.45hrs


The fire started just before 05.00hrs Monday 10 January in a textiles factory and despite being brought under control around 06.30hrs. Smoke plumes have persisted throughout the day causing health concerns.


MFB firefighters issued a community advice that those in the area should stay indoors and close all windows and doors until further notice. Cooling or heating systems should not be used and anyone feeling ill should contact 000 immediately.


Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ken Brown said the factory was extensively damaged and expected MFB crews to be in attendance for up to 72 hours ensuring no reignition of the blaze. Textile bales were still smouldering causing continuing large volumes of smoke.


Further updates will be issued throughout the evening.


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