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8:55am Saturday 17 September 2011 – Update 25- Mitchell factory fire

The ACT Fire Brigade will maintain operations on-site over the next few days to ensure the fire remains extinguished.

There is no risk to the Canberra community who are free to carry out outdoor activities as per usual.

The exclusion zone around Mitchell remains in place over the weekend.

Some roads remain closed until further notice, they are: Sanford Street, Wells Station Road, Flemington Road from Morisset Road Mitchell.

9:55pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 24 -Mitchell factory fire extinguished

The ACT Fire Brigade has now extinguished the fire about 22 hours after it started.

Firefighters will remain on scene overnight to ensure there are no flare ups.

The recovery phase of the operation will commence in the morning.

The Mitchell exclusion zone around the fire site will remain in place for the weekend.

2:00pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 20 – Mitchell factory fire

ACT Fire Brigade are continuing firefighting operations and attacking the fire with large quantities of foam. ACT Fire Brigade advise explosions may continue through firefighting operations until the fire is extinguished.

Some residue including oil and firefighting material from the site has been identified in the Flemington Road ponds. This area has been isolated and the contaminated water is being removed.

The EPA is also conducting testing along all waterways leading into Lake Burley Griffin.

1:13pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 19 – Mitchell factory fire

Canberra Connect has received 2250 calls from the public about the Mitchell fire.

There has been no-one present to hospital with any of the symptoms that would occur from coming into contact with the smoke plume. We do not expect this to change at this stage.

It is known to cause irritation to skin and eyes, sore throat, nausea, headaches and dizziness, vomiting, chest pain and difficulty breathing.

People who have concerns they may have come into contact with the product of the smoke plume and have any of the symptoms should seek medical attention at an emergency department or ring emergency triple zero 000 for life threatening cases.

Road closures as previously advised are still in place.

9:50am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 17 – Mitchell factory fire

Firefighters have the fire under control and contained within the building.

The ACT Fire Brigade is preparing to attack the fire directly with foam.

The fire still sending potentially toxic smoke over Mitchell with the exclusion zone still in place in the suburb.

Some media reports suggesting the ACT Fire Brigade has declared the smoke is not toxic are incorrect. The smoke is still potentially toxic.

ACT Ambulance Service remains on scene supporting the firefighters. No known patients have presented to hospital as a direct result of the fire.