Large plumes of smoke fill the air as a Melbourne factory is engulfed in flames

Explosions were heard coming from inside the burning building on Somerville Road in West Footscray, in the interior-west of the city

Large plumes of smoke fill the air when a Melbourne factory is engulfed in flames and loud explosions from the fire are heard.

  • The fire broke out in a factory in West Footscray, Melbourne, on Thursday morning
  • Explosions heard from the scene of the fire that is burning out of control
  • More than 20 teams of firefighters and 100 firefighters continue fighting against the massive fire

Sam Duncan for Daily Mail Australia

A huge fire has broken out in a factory in Melbourne, sending large plumes of black and toxic smoke billowing into the air.

Explosions were heard coming from inside the burning building on Somerville Road, in West Footscray, in the interior-west of the city.

More than 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters are fighting the fire, which is burning out of control in a building that is believed to be an old woolshed.

Explosions were heard coming from inside the burning building on Somerville Road in West Footscray, in the interior-west of the city

Explosions were heard coming from inside the burning building on Somerville Road in West Footscray, in the interior-west of the city

A big fire has broken out in a factory in Melbourne, sending large columns of black smoke into the air

A big fire has broken out in a factory in Melbourne, sending large columns of black smoke into the air

A big fire has broken out in a factory in Melbourne, sending large columns of black smoke into the air

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade issued a warning to all households within a radius of 2 km of the fire, and advised those suffering from smoke inhalation to seek medical help.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade issued a warning to all households within a radius of 2 km of the fire, and advised those suffering from smoke inhalation to seek medical help.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade issued a warning to all households within a radius of 2 km of the fire, and advised those suffering from smoke inhalation to seek medical help.

Local residents have been warned to close windows and doors, and turn off any heating or cooling system.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade issued a warning to all households within a 2 km radius of the fire, and advised those suffering from smoke inhalation to seek medical help.

People with breathing difficulties are warned to avoid the area.

The witnesses who called 3AW radio said they heard explosions like "thunder" and that they could hear more in the video footage of the fire.

The dense black smoke has caused detours of planes and is affecting traffic in several suburbs of Melbourne.

Somerville Road and Paramount Road are closed in both directions, and local businesses have been evacuated.

More than 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters are fighting the fire, which is burning out of control in a building that is believed to be an old woolshed

More than 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters are fighting the fire, which is burning out of control in a building that is believed to be an old woolshed

More than 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters are fighting the fire, which is burning out of control in a building that is believed to be an old woolshed

Local residents have been warned to close windows and doors, and turn off any heating or cooling system

Local residents have been warned to close windows and doors, and turn off any heating or cooling system

Local residents have been warned to close windows and doors, and turn off any heating or cooling system

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