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Big fire sends toxic smoke across Gore

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Lower South Island News | Monday April 14 2014 5:07

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UPDATED 6:54am: Praise for fire crews in Gore who've managed to contain a massive fire in a livestock supplies factory.

It took five hours to get it under control and it's still being tended to, but area manager Bruce Stubbs says they've managed to stop the intense blaze from spreading beyond the property.

"The operational crews here on arrival and throughout the evening have prevented any of the adjacent buildings from being affected. We've been able to save those buildings."

At its height, a dense, chemical-laden smoke hung over the southern area of Gore and residents were told to stay inside this morning if they have breathing problems they should see their GP.

Mr Stubbs says hot spots are being dampened with the help of an aerial appliance, and diggers are being brought in now to collapse the walls of the factory.

"Because the fire development while we were putting it out has made some of the exterior walls a potential to collapse onto the two adjacent buildings."

The alarm was raised just after 6pm last night and it took until 11pm before it was brought under control.

As well, he says it would be a good idea, if they have ash on their cars, to hose it off.

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