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Australia Fire at battery recycling factory in Campbellfield causes smoke alert for nearby suburbs

05:26  09 august  2020
05:26  09 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Key points Authorities are warning people nearby to close doors and windows Workplaces have been evacuated and five nearby schools are closed due to the smoke More than 175 firefighters have been battling the blaze — which is likely to burn for several

About 80 firefighters are battling the fire , which is sending thick black smoke towards the CBD. A witness from the nearby suburb of Wollert, Dave The MFB has been unable to confirm what kind of factory is on fire at this stage. The cause is yet to be established and fire investigators are on scene.

Authorities said the materials within the factory were reacting with water used to quell the fire. (News Video) © Provided by ABC News Authorities said the materials within the factory were reacting with water used to quell the fire. (News Video)

Loud explosions have echoed through Campbellfield in Melbourne's north this morning after a battery recycling factory went up in flames.

More than 70 firefighters have been battling the blaze on Sydney Road, which broke out just before 4:30am (AEST).

There are no reports of injuries, but a community warning was issued for smoke in the Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Dallas and Somerton areas.

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Firefighters on the scene in Campbellfield . Credit:Paul Jeffers. “We will need to do some more The Campbellfield is almost out as MFB tackles the last hot spots. “We need to know if it’s today or Mr Davis said a co-worker unsuccessfully tried to use a faulty nearby fire hose to extinguish the flames

Firefighters are still battling to extinguish a factory fire in Campbellfield after local residents heard explosions coming from the building. An advice message has been issued for Melbourne's northern suburbs and those with heart or lung conditions are being warned to stay inside.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire Rescue Victoria Incident Controller Gary Mann said he expected firefighters to be on the scene for another 24 hours.

"The efforts were very much on preventing the fire spreading to adjacent buildings, which was achieved," he said.

"We are utilising a fire extinguishing strategy using foam. That is working well, it's having an effect on containing the fire and reducing the amount of smoke that's entering into community areas.

"The materials within the battery recycling factory are such that they react with water, so the challenge of suppressing the fire and those reactions are inevitable and they were causing explosions that could have been heard in the area."

Residents who are sensitive to smoke were advised to close windows and doors and turn off heating or cooling systems.

As of 9:20am, roughly five hours after firefighters responded to the scene, the fire was declared as being "under control" by authorities.

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