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Carpet factory fire

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Fire investigators are trying to work out what caused a fire that destroyed a carpet factory at Rowille, in Melbourne's south-east. Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze in Viewtech Place, just before 7pm yesterday.

The Country Fire Authority's John Farrer says crews stopped the flames from spreading to nearby buildings.

"It would have been a lot more difficult and more resources would have been required if it had extended into the showroom factory, and on the other side of the warehouse was an engineering factory full of chemicals and things like that. So a good save."

Police investigate Rowville carpet factory blaze









Photo: Lawrence Pinder

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire that destroyed a Rowville carpet factory last night.

The blaze at Tudor Carpets, in Viewtech Place, started about 7pm and took about two hours to bring under control.

Rowville CFA captain John Farrer said about 60 firefighters were at the scene.

Mr Farrer said there was no possibility of saving the factory and that crews did well to prevent the flames spreading to the neighbouring buildings.

No workers were inside the factory when the fire started.

Detective Martin Riley from Knox CIU said the blaze was believed to be accidental, but that arson had not been completely ruled out.

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