News Alerts

4:58am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update seven – Mitchell factory fire

Firefighting operations are continuing on scene.

The ACT Fire Brigade is aiming to reassess the current exclusion zone by 6 o’clock this morning in the hope of reducing the area affected.

An evacuation centre is established at Dickson College and a reception area at Canberra Stadium which can be used as an evacuation centre if required. There is approximately 100 people at the Dickson centre and about 50 horses.

The EPA has confirmed nothing no material has escaped the site on the ground and into stormwater drain.

4:10pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update six – Factory fire in Mitchell

Firefighters are still working to bring the fire under control in the building which measures 30 metres by 40 metres.

Firefighting operations were interrupted earlier this morning because of multiple explosions from inside the premises.

The suburb of Mitchell remains evacuated due to concerns over the possibility of toxins in the smoke from the fire. Police are operating road blocks on all entrances to Mitchell. People should avoid the area until further notice.

Evacuation centres has been established at Canberra Stadium and Dickson College.

An EMERGENCY ALERT telephone advice has been issued for residents within a 10 kilometre radius to remain indoors until further notice.

People are urged not to ring 000 unless for a life threatening emergencies. All telephone inquiries should be made to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

1:14am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update three – Factory fire in Mitchell

The ACT Fire Brigade has confirmed the fire is burning within an amount of mineral oil within the building.

Firefighters are now re-commencing firefighting operations using water and foam.

The ACT Fire Brigade has now ordered the evacuation of the whole suburb of Mitchell including a number of campers at Exhibition Park.

There is still a localised smoke plume but there is no threat to nearby residential suburbs of Harrison and Franklin.

Residents are advised to remain indoors.