BREAKING | Toxic smoke billowing from ferocious Brisbane factory fire

UPDATE @ 4.55pm: POLICE have declared an emergency situation due to a dangerous fire currently burning at a factory in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north.

The blaze broke out at a business on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm, forcing the evacuation of nearby shops and a petrol station.

A PSPA (Public Safety Preservation Act) was declared at 4.10pm, with police establishing an exclusion zone bordering Sandgate Road, Pritchard Road and Newton Street and a thoroughfare between Newton Street and Sandgate Road.


“The fire continues to burn and due to the toxic nature of the smoke residents in the area are being asked to remain in doors and close windows,” police said in a statement.

Sandgate Road remains open, however police are urging motorists to avoid the area due to major traffic delays.

EARLIER @ 4.30pm: A MAJOR fire has erupted at a business at Virginia, in Brisbane’s north.

The blaze is understood to have started in a factory on Pritchard Road just after 3.30pm.

Nearby shops and businesses have been evacuated whilst fire crews fight the massive, out-of-control blaze.

Surrounding petrol stations have even been forced to switch off their pumps.

Police have urged people in the area to remain indoors and close all windows due to “toxic smoke”.