Fire crews are battling a blaze which has engulfed several buildings in Brisbane, as they work to control the flames and smoke in the area.
On Wednesday afternoon several Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) crews were called to a fire at a recycling plant on Gosport Street in Hemmant, east of Brisbane’s CBD.
A photo shared by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to Twitter shows thick smoke billowing out from the fire over the city.
Officer in charge Paige Harris, was on scene at the industrial estate and confirmed several large commercial structures were engulfed in fire.
"There is lots of smoke coming out and signs of structural collapse," a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said.
Both QAS and FRS are encouraging residents in the area to stay inside and close their doors and windows due to the pollutants in the air.
“Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by,” Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement.
“Smoke can decrease visibility so motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.”
#Update1 - this large fire in #Hemmant has created thick black smoke & is affecting areas in & around the location. It is VERY important that people keep doors & windows closed that live in the vinicity & keep medication close by. Call 000 if you suffer any breathing difficulties pic.twitter.com/uc6JaJgdAq
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) December 16, 2020
Queensland Police asked on Twitter for people to avoid Gosport Street and that diversions were in place.
HEMMANT – commercial structure fire as at 3.25pm Wed 16 Dec.
Multiple FRS crews are on scene at a commercial structure fire burning on Gosport Street, Hemmant. Firefighters are working to contain the blaze and smoke is affecting the area. https://t.co/QIMFOlbN1T pic.twitter.com/llxEtQixoV
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) December 16, 2020
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