First arriving crews were met with flames and a significant amount of smoke issuing from the building on Baldwin Rd and immediately raised the alarm.
More than 75 firefighters are working to contain the fire that has engulfed the 60m x 100m structure and are using aerial appliances to assist with the fire fight.
This is expected to be a protracted incident and crews will be on scene for some time.
Baldwin Rd is closed and community is asked to avoid the area and ensure the roads are kept clear for emergency services.
A Community Advice Message has been issued due to the smoke in the area.
- If you are sensitive to smoke or you live with someone who is sensitive to smoke you should close windows and doors. Turn off heating and cooling systems.
- To prevent the smell of smoke entering your home or business you should close windows and doors.
CFA firefighters, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria, Victoria State Emergency Service (VicSES) and the Environment Protection Authority are also assisting at the scene.
It took more than 90 firefighters approximately seven hours to bring the blaze under control.
At the height of the incident there were approximately 25 firefighting appliances at the scene, working to contain the fire to the property.
FRV crews remain on scene this morning (2 July), clearing debris to access the seat of the fire.
This is a protracted incident and firefighters are expected to remain on scene for some time to ensure all hot spots are extinguished and to ensure the area is made safe.
The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but will be investigated by specialist FRV fire investigators.
Reviewed 23 June 2021