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Media Release

Factory fire in O’Connor contained
Monday 16 November 2009 – 9:20 AM

The factory fire in O’Connor near McNeece Place and Peel Road has been contained.

It is now safe for people to return to the O’Connor industrial area between Stock Road, Peel Road, Garling Street and Keegan Street.

Around 45 career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters have worked hard to get the fire contained and are expected to remain at the scene for the next few hours.

Heavy machinery will be used to remove parts of the collapsed building to enable career Fire and Rescue firefighters to extinguish the fire.

Air monitoring has been conducted in the area by the Department of Environment and Conservation’s (DEC) Pollution Response Unit.

They found that there were no toxic particles in the smoke from the refrigerator insulation that was burning. However DEC will continue to monitor the air.

The fire has guttered the building and caused an estimated $10 million dollars worth of damage.

Two staff were affected by the smoke and taken to a private health care clinic nearby.

FESA’s Fire Investigation Officer and Police Arson will investigate the cause of the fire.

FESA have worked closely with WA Police, Main Roads and DEC to minimise the impact on the community.

If you are in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.

Road conditions


  • Peel Road between Chamberlain Street and Stock Road remains closed.
  • The right hand lanes eastbound on Leach Highway turning into Stock Road are closed. 
  • Stock Road between South Street and Leach Highway is now open.

Motorists in the area should drive slowly with their headlights on and keep a close watch for emergency services personnel on site.

People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

This information is also available by calling 1300 657 209 or visiting www.fesa.wa.gov.au

 

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