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Campbellfield factories evacuated after gas leak

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21 Jun 2017
Firefighters remain on scene after a hazardous incident in Campbellfield this evening.

Crews were called to DS CHEMPORT (a subsidiary of Fujifilm) on Jesica Road shortly after 3.30pm.

An unknown gas has emitted from a mixing pot of chemicals that became overheated and reacted causing a small explosion.  The gas released at the rear of the building and travelled into the street.  

MFB firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are hoses to squirt water on the product to keep it cool so that overheating does not occur.  Gas levels are also being continually monitored. 

Police have closed the road and nearby factories have been evacuated.  Ambulance Victoria is on scene assisting also.

In total 25 people have been safely evacuated, a Community Advice message issued, and no injuries or affected persons have been reported.

Chemical specialists from the company, together with the MFB Specialist Scientific Officer are assisting the Fire Commanders in managing the incident.  

Due to the nature of the incident this event will continue into the evening.

 

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 9 (including CFA Greenvale)

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS:  28 approximately

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