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At least 20 people evacuated as flames engulf Newcastle factory

A fire has caused an estimated $1 million damage to a factory in Newcastle after at least 15 firefighting crews were called to combat the blaze.

Emergency services attended the spring manufacturing factory in Carrington, Newcastle at 5.30pm on Tuesday after reports of a fire.

NSW Fire and Rescue confirmed at least 15 fire trucks were on scene to battle the blaze, which had engulfed the building on Parker St.

Firefighters evacuated at least 20 people from the building, which contained 1000kg of powdered paint, wooden pallets and cardboard boxes.

NSW Fire and Rescue said the building was issuing “a large volume of black smoke” and fire crews used breathing apparatuses while fighting to contain the inferno.

Authorities reported no one was injured, although paramedics treated a 49-year-old employee of the factory for smoke inhalation. He was later taken to Calvary Mater Hospital as a precaution.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp captured this image of the smoke from Wickham. Source: Facebook
Camera IconNewcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp captured this image of the smoke from Wickham. Source: Facebook Credit: News Corp Australia

Firefighters took almost three hours to extinguish the blaze.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District established a crime scene around the partially destroyed factory.

However, the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Locals reported they were still experiencing the acrid smell of smoke lingering in the air about 10pm.

NSW Police confirmed there is no health risk to the community.

The fire comes a few months after an enormous warehouse fire in Newcastle. Jessie Williams
Camera IconThe fire comes a few months after an enormous warehouse fire in Newcastle. Jessie Williams Credit: News Corp Australia

While the flames were contained to a single workshop, police estimated the factory sustained $1 million damage.

Fire investigators will determine the circumstances of the blaze on Wednesday and a report will be prepared for the NSW Coroner.

The fire comes only a few months after a warehouse blaze in Newcastle threatened to engulf a nearby fuel storage facility.

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