SYDNEY, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Authorities are rushing to a factory in Melbourne's west after a large chemical explosion sparked a major fire on Wednesday.

Fire Rescue Victoria reported that crews arrived at Swann Drive at approximately 11thefruitmegaways:20 a.m. local time, responding to a "significant factory fire" in Derrimut.

"Specialist appliances are on scene, including aerial appliances. A community advice warning has been issued for Albion, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Derrimut, Laverton North, Sunshine, Sunshine West, Tottenham, Truganina," the fire authority noted.

A "Watch and Act" alert remains in place for the impacted regions, urging residents to take shelter indoors immediately, as the wind is blowing "toxic smoke towards the East across Derrimut."

At the current stage, additional appliances are continuously being deployed to the scene to attack the fire.

"There have been no reports of injuries and it is believed everyone inside the premises evacuated safely," a spokesperson from Victoria Police confirmed to Xinhua.

"Traffic in the area is expected to be impacted for some time with Swann Drive closed as well as westbound traffic on the Deer Park bypass being stopped for safety," the spokesperson added.

Located some 17 km west of Melbourne's central business district, Derrimut is home to more than 8,000 residents, with the suburb's Swann Drive connecting several distribution centers and warehouses.

thefruitmegaways|Chemical explosion sparks major factory fire in Melbourne

Date: 2024-07-10