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West Footscray rubbish fire sends smoke across Melbourne

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14 Dec 2015
A fire at a West Footscray rubbish dump has sent smoke across Melbourne.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Robbs Road about 1am.

On arrival crews found a pile of rubbish measuring 30 metres x 10 metres x five metres, giving off large plumes of black smoke.

Machinery was required to pull the flaming pile of debris apart so it could be extinguished.

Due to the smoke, a Community warning was issued. Residents from as far away as St Kilda reported smelling the smoke; however it did not pose a threat to the community.

The fire was deemed under control at 2.30am.

Police assisted at the scene by managing access and traffic in the area.

Three fire trucks attended the blaze.

The cause will be investigated.

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