A fire in an industrial warehouse lit up Melbourne’s sky on August 30 with thick smoke billowing across the city skyline, forcing residents to seek shelter and schools to close, according to Australian media.
Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the fire began around 5 am local time, with more than 100 fire-fighters battling the blaze, according to the Nine Network. MFB Acting Deputy Chief Officer Ken Brown said that the warehouse contained acetone and oxyacetylene, which energized the fire.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that several schools in the proximity of the smoke were closed, while planes were diverted from the area.
The fire is expected to burn for several hours.