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Mordialloc blanketed in black smoke by factory blaze

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24 Apr 2014
Thirty factory workers were evacuated after a large factory blaze in Mordialloc this morning.

Fire crews were called to the Bolwell fibreglass resin factory in Wells Road about 6.15am.

The fire spread quickly into the roof area and then into adjoining factories.

Thick, black acrid smoke filled the air and a community warning was issued for nearby residents to close their windows and doors and shelter in place.

Three factories out of a block of four, measuring 40m x 40m, were involved.

The fire was threatening adjoining properties as both MFB and CFA crews worked quickly to stop its spread as additional appliances were despatched.

The fire took 90 minutes to bring under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The damage to the structures is extensive and expected to cost more than a million dollars.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria crews also attended the incident.


Above: MFB, CFA and Victoria Police on the scene in Mordialloc

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:  

PUMPERS: 12  
RESCUE UNITS: 1  
AERIAL UNITS: 2  
OTHER UNITS: 4 

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 65

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