You Won't Believe What Sparked This Huge Factory Fire

Mother Nature's Been At Work

You Won't Believe What Sparked This Huge Factory Fire

(image: Channel 9)

How's this for an act of nature?

A lightning strike is thought to be behind a huge factory fire at Para Hills West last night.

Stacks of around 15,000 pallets caught alight just after 7.30.

Fire crews were called to the Orana factory along with manager Darren Nunn who's told Channel Nine he felt helpless.

'I'm a little bit in shock, all my raw materials are burning away, [there's] nothin' I can do' he said.

Some nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution while others were told to stay indoors with thick plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.

At the height of the blaze, flames reached two stories high.

Emergency Services managed to save the business that employs 240 people, 70 of those with a disability, who were all able to return to work this morning.

Emergency Services Minister Pete Malinauskas says fire crews deserve a pat on the back.

'Amazingly, the work of in excess of 60 firefighters with the help of 27 different appliances have saved the Orana property'.

'That's great news for the community generally' he said.

Damage to the property is tipped at $300,000.

It's believed things should be back to normal within 2 weeks.