Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fire blankets Adelaide in toxic smoke

Fire crews will work through the night to extinguish a blaze which shot fireballs into the sky earlier today at an oil waste disposal factory in Adelaide's northern suburbs.

The Metropolitan Fire Service says the blaze is not as ferocious as it was earlier today, but there are still flammable substances at the Mulhern's Waste Oil Removal site in Wingfield, which could send the fire out of control again.

Arial bombers and dozens of firefighters are being used to battle the blaze, which is being fuelled by several hundred thousand litres of oil.

One firefighter was injured when a huge jet of flame shot into the sky earlier this afternoon.

There have been several explosions sending fireballs into the sky and a health warning has been issued as thick toxic smoke spreads from the site.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Deputy Chief Officer Mick Smith says the owner of the business has been helping to truck contaminated fire water away, to prevent it entering the stormwater system. Read More

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