Refrigerant plant hit by fire
AUSTRALIA: The HyChill hydrocarbon refrigerant site in Melbourne has been hit by a devastating fire.
More than 20 appliances were called to the site in Canterbury Road, Kilsyth, on Friday afternoon. Ten workers were said to have been in the factory at the time and one was taken to hospital with burns to his face and upper body. There are no other reports of injuries.
The TV station 7 News Melbourne reported explosions from inside the factory and witness reports of gas canisters flying through the air.
The 2,000m² site appears to be shared with a company that provides LPG cylinder testing and filling. There has so far been no comment from the company or indication of the cause of the blaze.
HyChill was established in 1999 and produces a range of hydrocarbon refrigerants for applications in domestic and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning and car air conditioning. Gases include isobutane, propane and ethane.
A worker has been seriously injured in a massive fire that ripped through a Kilsyth gas bottle factory. @jodilee_7 #7News pic.twitter.com/B2GI9DUkVK
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) October 12, 2018
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