Fire destroys factory

A Cardiff industrial estate has gone up in flames, forcing residents to evacuate and bringing passenger train services to a standstill.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews were called around 6.45pm yesterday reporting sounds of explosions coming from Sturt Road business Mirteq.

Fire and Rescue NSW, inspector Chris Sedgewick said “at the height of the fire there were about 55 fire fighters from 10 stations”.

Due to number of LPG cylinders and oxy acetylene bottles on the premises the fire-fighters did not enter the building due to the threat of further explosions.

"The extent of the danger was so great that we had to cause the local railway lines to be shut down so trains and passengers were not endangered,” Sedgewick said.

Crews remained on site to monitor the situation in case the fire re-ignites, even though the building has been destroyed, reports the ABC.

Lake Macquarie duty officer inspector Bruce McGregor added that “the exclusion zone crossed the Newcastle and Central Coast rail line.”

“Emergency services evacuated seven people from four homes in Sturt Road,” McGregor said.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the blaze, which caused significant structural damage, reported The Herald.

Image: The Herald, Daniel Irwin. 

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