School closes, smoke warnings after fire in warehouse in South Melbourne
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By Rachael Dexter
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An elementary school has closed for the day, and smoke billowed over three inner suburbs following a warehouse fire in south Melbourne overnight.
About 46 firefighters were called to a brick warehouse containing gaskets and plastic that was engulfed in flames and showed signs of collapse on the corner of Ferrars Street and Buckhurst Street just before midnight Wednesday.
By the time the crews arrived, the fire had already consumed half of the warehouse and threatened properties nearby, including South Melbourne Primary School.
The fire was brought under control for just over two hours without any injuries being reported.
Victoria Police are now investigating the cause of the fire.
South Melbourne Primary on Thursday morning issued a warning to parents not to send their children to school.
Officers from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency are on their way to the site to advise on any environmental impacts from fire water or smoke.
There is a warning notice in place for residents of South Melbourne, South Wharf and Southbank to be aware of the smoke that is likely to be in the area for hours to come.
Those who are sensitive to smoke should close windows and doors and turn off heating and cooling systems, according to VicEmergency.
“To prevent the smell of smoke entering your home or business, close windows and doors,” the council said.
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