Firefighters battled a major blaze for more than two hours at a chemical storage facility in Sydney’s west this morning, with the flames spreading to adjoining properties and covering the city in a blanket of thick black smoke.
About 130 firefighters in more than 25 trucks rushed to the scene at St Marys in a bid to contain the fire.
A 39-year-old worker was treated for serious burns to multiple areas of his body before being airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.
“Paramedics were confronted with a major fire and found a male patient in his 30s with serious burns to multiple areas of his body,” NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Gregory Marshall said.
“This is an ongoing incident and NSW Ambulance will remain on scene to provide medical support to NSW Fire and Rescue.”
LPG cylinders and aerosol containers exploded in the Cleanaway Liquid Waste Facility next door, complicating efforts to douse the flames.
One witness said the explosions sounded like “popcorn in the microwave”, with a “bunch of aerosol cans just popping off everywhere”.