Gas fire at steelworks sees 1 injured, 50 evacuated

February 13, 2024 5:46 pm in by

Fire crews have spent the afternoon extinguishing the last of 6 gas tanks that caught fire at BlueScope Port Kembla this morning.

10 fire trucks and 40 firefighters were involved in the effort to contain the blaze, with fears the tanks – containing acetylene gas – may explode.

An exclusion zone was established, and thermal imagining cameras deployed to monitor the temperature of the tanks as crews hit them with water streams.

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50 workers were evacuated, with one treated for minor burns and ultimately taken to Wollongong Hospital.

The incident is being investigated by Safe Work NSW.