03:50 GMT06 August 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A huge fire at a chemical factory in West Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne in Australia, has covered a part of the city in toxic smoke.

    "There is a large amount of toxic smoke which may impact the area within a 2km radius of Somerville Road," a statement by the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade read.

    Crews were alerted to the blaze just after 5 a.m. and arrived when the factory was fully alight. A hundred firefighters have surrounded the blaze and are struggling to contain it by attacking flames on all sides and from above. The Environment Protection Agency is assisting in the effort.

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