• Short Summary

    FIRE DESTROYED A LARGE CHEMICAL FACTORY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, ON TUESDAY (19 DECEMBER), AND MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES WHEN SULPHUR DIOXIDE FUMES SPREAD OVER THE BANKSTOWN SUBURB.

  • Description

    FIRE DESTROYED A LARGE CHEMICAL FACTORY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, ON TUESDAY (19 DECEMBER), AND MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES WHEN SULPHUR DIOXIDE FUMES SPREAD OVER THE BANKSTOWN SUBURB. TWO BUILDINGS OWNED BY LANES PROPRIETARY LIMITED, A FIRM OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTS, WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED, WHILE A THIRD WAS BADLY DAMAGED.

    DESCRIBED BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE METROPOLITAN FIRE BOARD, MR. V. LOWTHER, AS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS HE HAD HAD SEEN IN SYDNEY, THE FIRE APPARENTLY BEGAN WHEN A DRUM OF CHEMICALS FELL TO THE GROUND AN CAUGHT FIRE, SETTING OFF A SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS. THE DRIVER OF A FORKLIFT TRUCK WORKING WITH THE DRUMS WAS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL WORKERS OBLIGED TO RUN FOR THEIR LIVES.

    EYE WITNESSES SAID THE EXPLOSIONS HURLED DRUMS OF LIQUID HIGH INTO THE AIR. THEY CAME CRASHING DOWN ON SURROUNDING BUILDINGS, ONE THROUGH A ROOF OF THE FACTORY OPPOSITE. AS THE POISON GAS THREAT INCREASED, AN AREA OF ABOUT ONE SQUARE MILE SURROUNDING THE FACTORY WAS EVACUATED. AT ONE STAGE AUTHORITIES CONSIDERED REMOVING PATIENTS FROM A NEARBY HOSPITAL. TWELVE PEOPLE WERE LATER TREATED THERE FOR RESPIRATORY DISORDERS, AND ONE FIREMAN ADMITTED AFTER BEING HIT ON THE HEAD AND CHEST BY A FLYING DRUM.

    AT LEAST TEN AMBULANCES AND TEN FIRE BRIGADES WERE CALLED TO FIGHT THE BLAZE. FIREMEN EXPERIENCED GREAT DIFFICULTY IN CONTROLLING IT, AND IT WAS ALMOST TWO HOURS BEFORE THEY BROUGHT IT UNDER CONTROL. THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME IN 18 MONTHS THAT THE FACTORY HAD CAUGHT FIRE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA964LVL3KFP5G0E8D0IGBPL1FK
    Media URN:
    VLVA964LVL3KFP5G0E8D0IGBPL1FK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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