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Coolaroo recycling plant fire: Dallas homes evacuated as smoke poses health threat

Coolaroo recycling plant fire: Dallas homes evacuated as smoke poses health threat

Incident controller Mark Swiney said there were about 115 households that had been advised to evacuate, but it was hard to know how many people were affected.

The authorities have described it as "the size of a sports field" and have said that the fire is likely to burn for at least two more days. People are being advised to collect their medicines, pets and belongings and securely lock their houses before leaving.

While there, several residents were assessed for smoke inhalation by paramedics and SES crews and aquatic centre staff arranged their accommodation, with Hume Council footing the bill.

The fire sent thick and acrid smoke across the city when it broke out.

A watch and act warning for smoke remains in place for a number of suburbs across Melbourne's north including Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Fawkner, Glenroy, Jacana, Westmeadows. They were told to stay indoors, close all exterior doors, windows and vents and turn off all heating and cooling systems.

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It was the third time a fire has broken out at the Coolaroo recycling center this year, with previous ones in June and February. Fire authorities will reportedly continue to monitor air and water quality nearby to the site as the blaze dies down in coming days.

"The frequency of fires at the plant is a red flag", he said. "That brings about a complexity within itself", MFB Commander Ken Brown told a community meeting at Broadmeadows on Thursday.

A relief centre has been set up at a local swimming centre and police doorknocked residents in neighbouring Dallas last night when the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) detected a deterioration in air quality.

Four people have been taken to hospital and a further eight treated for asthma symptoms since the fire began at a recycling plant on Thursday, reports the BBC.


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