Firefighters continue to battle South Australian abattoir blaze

Published: 04 January 2018 Image credit: South Australia Police

Factory fire in South Australia still burning

Emergency services in South Australia are still battling a ferocious fire which engulfed the state’s largest meat abattoir overnight.

About 100 fire fighters attended the scene at the Thomas Foods International factory near Murray Bridge, at around 7pm last night. 

The state's Metropolitan Fire Service said the structure was well ablaze when crews arrived and there were concerns the building’s walls and roof could collapse. 

The fire has since been contained to one large main building, but it’s believed a multimillion dollar damage bill is expected.

Heavy smoke is still present in the area and people are being urged to avoid the scene, with several road closures remaining in place including Lagoon Road and Nilpena Road. 

“Residents in the vicinity of the fire are advised to close all doors and windows and stay indoors until the smoke has passed,” a South Australia Police statement said. 

Fire Cause Investigators are expected to attend the scene this morning after the blaze is extinguished. 

Thomas Foods is Australia’s largest family-owned food processing company and has an annual revenue of over $1 billion. 

The organisation which first opened in 1988 employs more than 3000 people globally and exports to more than 80 countries.

Mayor Brenton Lewis said the factory is the town’s largest employer with about 1400 workers. 

It’s believed workers inside the factory last night were immediately evacuated and there have been no reported injuries.