The factory fire that seized yesterday morning could take several more days to extinguish, leaving residents plagued by headaches and nausea from the smoke.
The firemen arrived at West Footscray, Melbourne at 5 a. M. Thursday and requested assistance to the airport teams that have trucks with capacity to spray foam from 80 meters.
The Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) stated that the situation was under control around 10 p.m. from Thursday.
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The firefighters arrived at the scene in West Footscray, Melbourne at 5 o'clock yesterday morning and asked for assistance to the teams of the airport that have trucks with the capacity to spray foam from 80 meters
Many locals have reported headaches and nausea after exposure to dense black smoke, and residents gathered last night at Footscray City Hall to talk about the catastrophe, reports 9News.
MFB boss Greg Leach told the community that his team still had a lot of work to do.
"As much as we would like to shoot down this fire during the night, we still have days and days of work here," he said.
He explained that since the asbestos roof of the building was on the verge of collapse, firefighters could not enter the building until it was completely safe to do so.
With the asbestos roof of the building on the verge of collapse, firefighters can not enter certain areas, said MFB chief Greg Leach.
More than 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters fought the fire, which burned out of control in a building that was believed to be an old woolshed
"That will take time," he said.
"It's a dirty job, but it has to be done."
He added that thanks to yesterday's cold weather, most of the hot smoke plumes had increased above the resident level, which meant minimal damage to the air quality.
"While we had this toxic, dark, acrid and black plume that was heading to the suburbs, at ground level the air quality was relatively the same," Leach said.
However, some residents have complained about the "confusing and contradictory" messages from the authorities about the fire, and many people enter social networks to receive updates.
The fire could take days & days & # 39; to become extinct, Leach said during a community meeting.
The smoke (in the picture) caused the closure of eight local elementary schools, and another three supervised the situation closely.
"We want to know more … we want to see the readings and understand how long it will be like that," said former Green deputy Colleen Hartland.
Speaking to The Herald Sun, Andrew and Cheryl Valneris, owners of a Victorian Container business in front of the fire, said they have now been forced to close for the second day and, as a result, are suffering financially.
"It's frustrating for us and for our customers, every day, every hour, they can not access our yard," Cheryl said.
"Imports from Melbourne are huge, they are millions of dollars every day it costs to run these boats, that's how much money we're talking about, we're talking about 500, 600 trucks, a lot of money and lost exports. ;
Image taken from Eureka Sky Deck, where smoke continues to drift over the suburbs as firefighters fight to control a fire at a factory in West Footscray.
A steel recycling company was in the process of moving to the warehouse, which housed aerosols and more than 40 drums containing grease, oil and acetone residue, when the fire started.
More than 35 fire trucks and 120 firefighters fought the fire, which was burning out of control in a factory that contained asbestos, which is believed to be an old wool house.
The smoke caused the closure of eight local elementary schools, and another three supervised the situation closely.
The 100m by 200m building is constructed with asbestos and contains solder with oxyacetylene and acetone, authorities have said.
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 100m by 200m building is constructed with asbestos and contains oxidation of acetylene, welding chemical, according to the authorities to News.com.au.
Local residents were warned to close the 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.
Ken Brown, acting deputy head of the MFB, said there was a powerful smell of nail polish remover and that the fire brigades were dealing with a number of chemicals.
SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO SMOKE
* San Juan Elementary – Footscray
* San Agustín Elementary – Yarraville
* San Pablo Elementary – Sunshine West
* San Pedro Elementary – Southwest Sun
* Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Primary – Sunshine
* Corpus Christi School – Kingsville
* Annunciation Primary School – Brooklyn
* Kingsville Primary, Footscray West Primary and Wembley Primary remain open but are monitoring the situation
"There is a large amount of toxic smoke that can affect the area within a 2 km radius of Somerville Road," the MFB said in a statement.
"There is acetylene oxyacetylene, acetone and other products that cause us pain with several explosions, which we do not like," Brown told 3AW.
"Depending on what chemicals and what products are burned that could give off the black smoke, all we know is that it's not good."
A community warning warning was issued for the suburbs of Brooklyn, Kingsville, Tottenham, West Footscray, Altona North, Braybrook, Footscray, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Sunshine, and Yarraville.
Ken Brown, acting deputy head of the MFB, said there was a powerful odor of nail polish remover and that the fire teams were dealing with various chemicals
Somerville Road and Paramount Road are closed in both directions, and local businesses have been evacuated
People with breathing difficulties were warned to avoid the area, and pet owners were advised to keep their animals indoors.
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 caused the planes to detour, and affected traffic in several suburbs of Melbourne.
Somerville Road and Paramount Road were closed in both directions, and local businesses were evacuated.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The dense black smoke caused the planes to detour and affected the traffic in the suburbs of Melbourne.