An overnight fire in a Melbourne flooring factory has caused up to seven million dollars damage.

The fire was so big, firefighting helicopters had to be brought in to help bring it under control.

Victoria Harrison reports.


The fire started in the early evening in a Dandenong South flooring supplies factory.

A hundred and fifty firefighters on the ground were joined by helicopters as the blaze sent plumes of thick black smoke into the air.

As fire crews battled to bring the fire under control, residents in surrounding suburbs were warned to stay inside because of the threat of toxic fumes.

Trevor Owen, CFA Operations Manager: “Because it involves a lot of flooring materials, adhesives, polyurethane etc. the fire moves very quickly on those types of products and it’s extended through the warehouse factory area very quickly.”

No one was injured in the blaze, though some firefighters were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

The damage to the factory however is extensive.

Trevor Owen, CFA Operations Manager: “At this stage the damage bill will be up around the six to seven million dollars.”

The cause of the blaze is being investigated but at this stage Victoria Police aren’t treating it as suspicious.

Victoria Harrison, QUT News.