Toxic fumes warning over factory blaze

Police block off a road near the Kewdale fire. Picture: David Baylis
Police block off a road near the Kewdale fire. Picture: David Baylis

FIREFIGHTERS are still on the scene of a factory fire in Kewdale with householders warned about the impact of potentially dangerous smoke in the area.

A total of 30 firefighters are at the scene of the fire, which started yesterday on the corner of Norlin Street and Glassford Road, near the Kewdale Road and Tonkin Highway intersection.

People in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.

ChemCentre and the Department of Environment and Regulation Pollution Response Unit are providing technical support to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Plastic products inside the factory were ablaze.

Surrounding businesses self evacuated.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel.

Glassford Road, Norlin Street and Hazelhurst Road are still closed.

Drivers are being warned to allow extra travel time and expect delays due to heavy congestion caused by the road closures.

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The blaze in Kewdale. Photo: Main Roads

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a hazmat general warning, stating the fire was resulting in potentially dangerous smoke in the area.

“People in an area bounded by Glassford Road, Norlin Street, Miles Road and Hazelhurst Street may be impacted by smoke or fumes,” DFES said in the warning.

“As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.

“People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.”

People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.