A fire at a Melbourne recycling plant is forcing Dallas residents to evacuate their homes as toxic smoke blankets the northern suburb.
The SKM Recycling factory in Coolaroo is the source of the thick smoke, with the blaze reportedly being so intense as to stop firefighters from getting near it. They’re saying it’s likely to burn for several days, which is frankly horrifying.
More than 130 firefighters are battling an “insane” blaze threatening buildings at a recycling centre & spewing ash & smoke across Melbourne
— Turehu Patupaiarehe (@Patupaiarehe13) July 13, 2017
Residents from about 115 homes are being woken up and told to evacuate by masked police. The Melbourne Fire Brigade is calling the air quality “hazardous“, with firefighters saying earlier that the smoke is toxic and harmful to people’s long-term health.
Incident controller Mark Swiney told The Age:
“The fumes contain particulates, it’s not a chemical. They are not an immediate danger to health, they are more of an immediate long-term risk.”
Dallas (Melbourne) 10:44pm
MFB have now asked people in the shaded area sth/sth west of Upfield station to evacuate due to poor air quality. pic.twitter.com/J3DUZY2Mom
— Incident Alert-VicSA (@incident_alert) July 13, 2017
People living in Dallas and surrounding suburbs are being told to stay indoors, shut the windows and doors, turn off heating and cooling systems, and “Watch and Act”.
The fire at the recycling plant is the third it has suffered this year, and has burned since just before 9am today.
Source: The Age.
Image: Twitter / @MelissaBrownABC.