A fire has destroyed a warehouse and air conditioning factory in Rowville, Victoria.

CCN understands the factory belonged to Johnson Controls and that the blaze caused millions of dollars worth of damage (see pictures).

Rowville Fire Brigade senior station officer Tim Van Den Driest told the Sun Herald that when crews got to the warehouse it was full of airconditioning units that were fully alight with flames coming out of the roof.

With support from neighbouring brigades, they had the fire under control in three hours.

Van Den Driest estimated it caused $3-$4 million damage.

“It was significant — a large building with a lot of product inside and it’s a total loss,” Van Den Driest said.

He said there was hazardous material inside the factory including gas cylinders, some of which exploded during the fire, but no firefighters were injured.

He said MFB and CFA crews worked well together to extinguish the blaze.

Van Den Driest said the company’s management and insurance company were at the scene, along with police and representatives from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).



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