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Gas cylinders 'shot into the air' during monster factory blaze

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 12/10/2018 Lexie Jeuniewic

A worker is in hospital with burns after a ferocious fire tore through a gas cylinder factory in Melbourne’s east this afternoon.

The blaze started about 2pm at the Canterbury Road building in Kilsyth, with gas cylinders inside exploding and spreading flames.

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A witness told 9News they saw cylinder sky-rocket up to “30 metres into the air.”

Crews worked for nearly two hours to control the huge fire, which spread to a nearby parked car and put a neighbouring cabinet making factory at risk.

a circuit board: The cause of the fire is not yet known. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The cause of the fire is not yet known.

“There were a number of explosions that were seen and felt,” a CFA fireman said.

a blurry photo of a fire: Massive flames issuing from the factory. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Massive flames issuing from the factory.

A man working at the factory was taken to the Alfred Hospital where he is being treated for burn injuries to his face and chest.

He is now in a stable condition.

While the blaze was deemed under control about 4pm, smoke continues to billow from the 30 metre by 70 metre property.

Multiple gas cylinders exploded during the blaze. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Multiple gas cylinders exploded during the blaze.

Two outbound lanes of Canterbury Road at Montrose remain closed, with one lane open, VicRoads advised at 5.50pm.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene overnight, as investigations into the cause of the blaze commence.

 

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