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Campbellfield nut factory up in flames

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25 Sep 2018
More than 80 MFB firefighters are currently fighting a blaze which broke out at a nut processing factory on Barry Road in Campbellfield.

Firefighters were alerted just before 1:30pm this afternoon, and inital crews arrived on scene in just seven minutes.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are currently working to get the fire under control using aerial appliances and attacking the blaze from three sides.

The fire is in a building which is of concrete tilt slab construction and is approximately 100m x 50m in size. Firefighters believe the building may be at risk of structural collapse and are employing a defensive firefighting strategy to bring the fire under control.

Thankfully all persons working inside of the building safely evacuated. At this stage there are no reports of injury.

The fire is producing a lot of smoke, and a Watch and Act community message has been issued advising the community to stay indoors, close their doors and windows, and turn off any heating and cooling systems.

MFB’s specialist fire investigation unit are on scene and working with Victoria Police and the owners of the factory to determine the cause of the blaze.

MFB hazmat technicians are working with the EPA on scene to monitor the air conditions for the surrounding residents and suburbs.

MFB is being supported on scene by CFA, and Ambulance Victoria.  The east end of Barry Road is currently closed in both directions and the community is asked to avoid the area and keep the roads clear for emergency services.

There are currently more than 20 MFB fire fighting appliances on scene, and crews will remain at the site overnight.

Stay up to date with the latest warning information via: http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/4976/moreinfo

UPDATE: As of 6:53 PM the fire has been deemed Under Control. Crews are expected to remain on scene into the night. 

At this stage the cause of the blaze has not been determined. 

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