Fire takes hold of factory in Campbellfield

FRV crews have responded to Sydney Road in Campbellfield, after multiple Triple Zero (000) callers reported seeing smoke and hearing explosions from a building shortly before 4:30am.

Saturday, 8 August 2020 at 6:19 pm

Initial firefighters arrived on scene within four minutes to find a 90m x 50m factory fully involved in a fire.

Crews quickly called in for support and escalated the response.

There are more than approximately 60 firefighters on scene working to contain the blaze.

This will be a protracted incident and crews are likely to remain on scene for some time. At this stage it’s not yet known what caused the fire to start.

The public is advised to avoid the area where possible while emergency services respond.

There is a lot of smoke in the area, and a wind blowing to the South-West has caused the smoke to be blown towards estates and businesses.

Residents who are sensitive to smoke should close windows and doors, and turn off heating or cooling systems.

Sydney Road and National Boulevard in Campbellfield are currently closed.

There are 18 FRV firefighting appliances and a number of other firefighting units on scene.

FRV crews are being supported by CFA, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the EPA.


UPDATE (09/08/20, 10:30):

At the height of the incident there were approximately 75 firefighters and more than 20 firefighting appliances on scene, along with a number of additional units.

The fire was declared under control at around 9:20am, roughly five hours after firefighters responded to the scene.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but will be investigated by specialist FRV fire investigators. 


UPDATE (10/08/20, 06:30):

Firefighting activities were scaled down overnight with eight appliances remaining on scene to monitor the site and extinguish hot spots.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, however FRV’s fire investigators will be on scene again today to continue their investigation.