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Massive fire breaks out at NSW factory complex


An out-of-control fire fuelled by hand sanitiser and gas bottles has broken out at a factory complex in the New South Wales Hunter region.

Emergency services were called to an industrial complex on Mitchell Avenue, Kurri Kurri, about 10.40am today following reports of a large fire.

More than 180 firefighters are now battling the blaze.

More than 180 firefighters are now battling the blaze.
More than 180 firefighters are now battling the blaze. (Supplied)

Highly volatile acetylene gas bottles and pallets of flammable hand sanitiser are contained within the site.

“Fire and Rescue NSW have multiple crews on scene and are continuing efforts to extinguish the blaze. There is currently no risk to residential properties,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Police advised members of the public who suffer from respiratory conditions to avoid the area.

Police have issued a warning for local residents to avoid the area of the factory.
Police have issued a warning for local residents to avoid the area of the factory. (Supplied)

The building is believed to have been unoccupied at the time, and no injuries have been reported.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District are on scene assisting with traffic management with local traffic diversions in place.

Delays are expected and motorists are urged to avoid the area where possible.



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