News Alerts

7:44am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 14 – Mitchell factory fire

The ACT Education and Training Directorate advises all schools north of Lake Burley Griffin will remain closed today.

Parents are asked to keep their children at home if possible.

Staff will be on hand for supervision of students who may still attend.

Action school bus services have been cancelled north of the lake but all other services are now resuming.

7:35am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 13 – Mitchell factory fire

Further atmospheric testing in Mitchell has still found no sign of Phosgene in the air.

The smoke is rising higher and starting to dissipate.

The ACT Fire Brigade has now reduced the exclusion zone back to the suburb of Mitchell from the fire.

People are free to now move around north Canberra except within the exclusion zone at Mitchell.

People are asked to be patient with the delays that will be experienced.

The evacuation centre at Dickson College will remain open for as long as required.

6:37am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 11 – Mitchell factory fire

The ACT Fire Brigade is continuing to conduct atmospheric monitoring throughout Mitchell.

The by-product of the substance being burned, PCB, is a smoke plume that potentially could contain Phosgene.

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

The ACT Fire Brigade believe the risk to the community is low but continue to take all precautions.

People within a 10k radius of the fire are still advised to remain indoors with windows closed.

People outside this zone are strongly advised to stay away from the area and the smoke plume.

More information to follow.

5:55am Friday 16 September 2011 – Update ten – Mitchell factory fire

ACT Education and Training Directorate is currently working to determine the impact of the fire on schools on the northside today. Further advice will be provided as soon as possible.

The referral centre at Canberra Stadium has now been closed with all people seeking an evacuation centre should go to Dickson College.