Hazardous spill in Trafalgar

CFA have downgraded a watch and act order for Trafalgar to an advice message for strong odours leaking from silos on Waterloo Road.

The advice states there is no current danger to the community, but residents are still advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and turn off air-conditioning and heating systems.

District 9 operations officer Michael Cherry said thermal imaging identified some heat within the silo with smoke whispering from it.

He said CFA officers suspected the stockfeed within the silo may have had a chemical reaction with storms which led to combustion.

Mr Cherry said CFA officers, in conjunction with Hallam HAZMAT, were planning to gradually release the feed from the bottom of the silo and suck up the waste gradually.

“They’ll be slowly opening up the bottom of the silo to start releasing the product, wetting it down as it comes out to alleviate any fire and a super sucker will be sucking it all up and disposing of the product,” he said.

UPDATE: CFA has issued a watch and act order for Trafalgar due to hazardous fumes leaking from silos on Waterloo Road.

The advice from CFA is for anyone located in Trafalgar to move indoors, close all windows and vents and turn off cooling and heating systems.

Waterloo Road is currently closed.

Close vents and fireplace flues.

If you are away from home do not return.

Bring pets indoors.

If you are travelling through Trafalgar close your windows and turn off your air conditioning.

People who suffer from breathing difficulties should avoid any exposure.

The public is being advised to avoid Waterloo Road in Trafalgar this morning due to a hazardous material leak.

CFA officers were called about 8am this morning to Reid Stockfeed for smoke issuing from a silo.

District 9 operations officer Michael Cherry said no smoke or flame was detected on arrival, but discovered a potentially hazardous chemical spill.

“At this point of time it’s a hopper full of 40 tonne of stockfeed which has a chemical mixture… a number of chemicals in it which have been of some concern,” Mr Cherry said.

“We’re waiting for CFA scientific officers to arrive on scene.”

He said CFA officers believed the feed had a chemical reaction with storms over the weekend when water seeped in and had not been discovered until this morning.

There is currently no threat to the community.

“There’s no further advice messages going out, the public are well and truly safe,” Mr Cherry said.

The road is blocked in front of the building near the railway line.

V/Line has been advised and will be travelling slowly through the area.

About 10 appliances from as far as Hallam and Traralgon attended.

Some local roads are closed.

Emergency Services will remain in the area as they clean up the incident.

Check the VicRoads website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) for road closures.

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to chemical exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.