Smoke ascends from factory fire in Lilydale

Smoke could be seen from nearby houses as a factory fire burned in Lilydale. Picture: CLAIRE BAMFORD.

The Mount Evelyn fire brigade were called to assist other local crews at a nearby fire late yesterday after reports of multiple explosions.

Multiple CFA crews were called to a factory on Beresford Road in Lilydale at 7.55pm, to what appeared to be a fire next door to Gecko Signs.

“Seven CFA fire trucks and volunteer firefighters from Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Coldstream, Yellingbo, Chirnside Park and Mount Evelyn fire brigades responded to the incident, supported by the Yellingbo rehab van and Bayswater BA (breathing apparatus) van and other support vehicles and crews,” a CFA spokesperson said.

“Upon arrival, firefighters found a tilt slab factory involved in fire.”

The fire was brought under control by 8.20pm, but firefighters remained on scene blacking out until about 11pm.

The CFA have confirmed that Ambulance Victoria attended the scene and the council and WorkSafe have since been notified.