Chemical fire hospitalises 13 people in Australia
FIVE police officers, five fire-fighters and three residents have been taken to hospital after potentially inhaling toxic fumes when a prime mover, trailer and B-double trailer carrying chemicals caught fire near Buronga, northwest of Balranald.
Emergency services were called about 3am yesterday (Monday) to a transport company on Silver City Highway where they found the vehicles alight, police say.
Fire-fighters managed to contain and extinguish the blaze but nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution.
All those taken to Mildura District Hospital were released without serious injury.
A crime scene was established by officers from Barrier Local Area Command and examined by specialist forensic officers and detectives.
The fire is being treated as suspicious, police say.
Courtesy of cowracommunitynews.com