Australia Residents of Wallaroo, on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula, warned smoke from chemist fire may be toxic
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Residents of a regional South Australian town have been warned that plumes of smoke coming from a chemist fire may be toxic.
The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) said a private alarm company notified emergency services of the fire at the pharmacy on Owen Terrace, Wallaroo, at about 5:15am.
When they arrived, firefighters found a "well-involved" fire that was spreading to nearby buildings.
Additional firefighting crews were sent from Adelaide to assist.
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A smoke warning was issued for the area, with SA Police Senior Constable Kate Dawson saying residents should close windows and doors.
"We're just asking the public to stay away due to toxic smoke emanating from the premises there," she said.
"So the street has been blocked off and the public is being asked to keep their distance and we're just asking residents to keep their doors and windows shut due to that smoke and monitor the CFS website and social media for any further updates."
About 8:30am, an MFS spokeswoman said crews had managed to extinguish the fire.
"Fast action from 24 firefighters from six appliances, one being an aerial appliance from Adelaide, and heavily supported by multiple CFS firefighters and appliances, were able to prevent the spread to adjoining businesses," she said.
"The aerial appliance supported ground crew to extinguish the fire."
The spokeswoman said the building had collapsed, so firefighters were unable to enter the property.
Despite that, investigators will be on scene this morning to try to determine the cause of the blaze.
The business was "totally destroyed", with an estimated damage bill of more than $600,000.
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