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Fire Rips Through Nut Processing Plant in Australia

September 25, 2018

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Fire Rips Through Nut Processing Plant in Australia
Firefighters put down a large fire at a nut processing plant in Australia on Tuesday. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Over 80 firefighters worked for about five hours on Tuesday to put down a large fire at a nut processing plant in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said in a press release. About 10 staff members were evacuated from the site, while those living near the plant were told to remain inside during the incident as smoke filled the area. 

Firefighters were called to the plant on Barry Road in Campbellfield at about 1:30 p.m., determining upon arrival that the 100m x 50m plant was at risk of structural collapse.

“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,” the MFB said in the release. 

MFB crews brought the fire under control by 6:53 p.m. and some personnel planned to remain at the scene overnight. The cause of the blaze remains unknown. The fire brigade’s Specialist Fire Investigation Unit is working with Victoria Police and the owners of the plant to investigate the cause of the fire. 

Several Australian news organizations reported that the plant was destroyed during the incident. No injuries were reported during the fire. 

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