A WorkSafe investigation is underway after a 44-year-old man was found dead at a factory in Melbourne after the building became engulfed in flames following a chemical explosion.
A man has died after a factory in Melbourne’s west went up in flames following reports of a chemical explosion.
The body of the 44-year-old from Hoppers Crossing was located inside the Derrimut factory on Thursday morning.
Emergency services were called to the Swann Drive building about 9:45am.
“Fire Rescue Victoria responded… following reports of a chemical explosion. The first call was received from an automatic alarm, following a call from the premises,” a FRV statement said.
“The explosion was thought to be caused by a chemical reaction and a 3rd Alarm was called.
“FRV crews arrived on scene at 9.48AM in under five minutes to find a chemical fire in a warehouse at the rear of the property.”
Victoria Police said at least 30 people were evacuated from the factory, while about 80 firefighters worked to bring the fire under control.
The man’s body was discovered by emergency services shortly after. No other injuries were reported.
Authorities are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.
Source: Sky News