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Dandenong South Factory Fire

Crews were called to Dunlopillo Drive about 6.00pm today (September 19th 2013) where a large carpet and flooring factory was fully alight.

More than 100 firefighters worked for over an hour and a half to bring the blaze under control.

The large concrete building, which was used to store carpet, vinyl flooring and adhesives, has been substantially damaged causing the roof and some walls to collapse.

The risk of further collapse has hampered investigations and the cause is still unkown.

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CFA Senior Station Officer Rick Owen said firefighters did an outstanding job protecting two neighbouring businesses.

“If not for the good work of firefighters, the blaze could easily have spread, creating an incredibly dangerous situation,” said SSO Owen.

“The hard work of more than 100 firefighters, including volunteers and MFB staff, made sure the fire was contained to just one property.”

At the height of the fire more than 30 vehicles and 100 firefighters were at the scene, including MFB crews.

People working at the factory were leaving at the time the fire started and fortunately, no-one was injured.

Emergency services issued an Advice message to the Dandenong South and surrounding communities about smoke in the area. Residents have been advised to stay indoors with their windows and doors shut. Smoke may remain in the area into the morning.

Part of the building has collapsed so a full assessment of the damage and any further works will need to be undertaken in daylight hours. This will include an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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