A significant factory fire expelling plumes of thick smoke is ablaze along a major thoroughfare in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
More than 70 firefighters are on scene at the blaze on High Street, in Preston, near the corner of Spencer Street, which jumped to the neighbouring Preston Hotel on Friday morning.
Fire Rescue Victoria said the factory fire broke out around 9am, and the alarm was raised to emergency services with multiple triple zero calls “reporting a fire in the roof of a furniture factory, with heavy black smoke billowing and visible flames”.
“Crews arrived within six minutes to find the rear of the building completely engulfed in flames, and the fire spreading to a neighbouring building,” a spokeswoman for Fire Rescue Victoria said.
“Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters are currently working to control the blaze.”
Victoria Police and paramedics are also on scene.
Emergency authorities said that while there was no threat to surrounding communities, people sensitive to smoke should close their windows and doors and advised heating and cooling systems should be turned off.