Dozens of firefighters tackle a fertilizer fire in a building near Newcastle. The crews cannot extinguish the flames with water.
There are concerns that toxic smoke could be released from the factory while up to 60 firefighters work to put out the fire in a building on Egret Street in Kooragang north of Newcastle.
The fire started on Sunday around 12.25 p.m. in the industrial building with sulfur-containing fertilizer, said a spokesman for NSW Fire and Rescue.
KOORAGANG | A large building with manure burns on Egret Street near Newcastle. 18 # FRNSW crews and numerous specialists with a total of over 60 firefighters answer together with @nswpolice, @NSWAmbulance.
Toxic smoke is emitted from a fertilizer factory in Kooragang near Newcastle, where a sulfur-based fertilizer burns. Sixty firefighters are on site on Egrit Street. You cannot use water on the fire and will use machines to separate the product. @ nbnnews @ 9NewsSydpic.twitter.com/RY99s1vAVL
The crews could not use water because of the sulfur in the product and instead use machines to remove the product from the building and suppress the fire, he said.
They were still there to try to put out the fire, but the fire did not spread from the building and was not considered out of control.
Firefighters had to adjust fire fighting equipment to stifle the flames, said the NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman.
The fire fighting team was made aware of the fire after emergency calls reported smoke from the building and contacted workers to determine what was in the building.
Bob Hawke says “stupid old bastard” and the nation is outraged, but Steve Miles (accidentally) drops the C-bomb and all it creates is a public wink.
A motorcyclist wants to take action against young people roaming the city streets after nearly being knocked off his motorcycle twice by the same youth group. See the …
A night on the water became terrifying for a man and a teenager after their boat got wet in harsh conditions.
A man used NDIS funds earmarked for services to his disabled son to buy a tin can, boat hulls and motors, a court heard.
The 18-year-old man who was killed in an accident on Bribie Island is remembered by his heartbroken girlfriend, who says he is the one who “taught her how to love”.
A male dirt bike rider was flown to the hospital by the LifeFlight Special Mission helicopter after crashing into a tree stump in the Gympie region.
More than 750 workers will soon be moving to new dig sites in the heart of the outdated CBD
The Ipswich side never gave up on a miracle win against the powerhouse Wynnum …
Two brave Ipswich residents including a young man stabbed to death when …
The news that Sian Kingi’s killer is on parole was best received with disgust …
© The Queensland Times Pty Limited 2021. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited under the laws of Australia and international treaties.