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Plastics factory fire hospitalises two

Two men were hospitalised due to a factory fire at Auburn, in western Sydney, yesterday.

A reported 100 or so were evacuated from the plant on Highgate Street and its neighbouring businesses. Paramedics were called out slightly after 2 pm, reports the ABC, after explosions were reported.

“They said it was like an explosion, the whole premises burst into flames,” Fire and Rescue New South Wales Commissioner Greg Mullins told the ABC.

“It’s a plastics recycling plant, so [it has] very volatile contents. The fire spread extremely quickly.”

AAP reports that the men suffered burns, with one taken to Westmead Hospital and the other to Royal North Shore.

“At this stage we’ve been told it was an industrial accident where there was some cutting of materials that caused a fire that spread quickly,” said Police inspector Chris Laird, according toThe Daily Telegraph.

Commissioner Mullins said that the fire was no evidence suggesting the fire was suspicious.

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