One Dead, Others Injured from Explosion, Fire at Paint Factory

One worker was missing after the explosion.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

December 11, 2023

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Paint factory explosion kills one, injures more
The explosion and resulting fire sent four to the hospital, with one person still missing.Image courtesy of Michael Duva / iStock / Getty Images Plus

An explosion and resulting fire occurred at a paint factory in Dandenong South in Melbourne, Australia, Friday afternoon.

Four people were rushed to the hospital, including two firefighters and two workers, after the paint factory caught fire. Another worker remained missing as of Sunday morning.

Local news reported that Ambulance Victoria transported a 60-year-old man to the hospital along with another man. The two men received burns to their upper bodies. Two other men, in stable condition with upper-body injuries, were transported by road to a different hospital.

Strong winds along with excessive black smoke prompted authorities to issue a watch and act alert for residents living in the area.

Fire Rescue Victoria Assistant Chief Fire Officer Greg Christison said it was a "challenging and complex" fire.

Today, three days after the explosion and fire, updates stated that crews pulled the missing worker's body from the paint factory.

Police believe people at the factory were unloading a delivery of solvents and chemicals when the blast triggered a massive blaze.

The fire engulfed the premises and three workers were close to the delivery when it was being unloaded.

Victoria Police later on Sunday confirmed officers recovered a person's body at the scene.

The person was yet to be formally identified.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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