Machinery Fire - Rutherford

Published: 23 Mar 2022 12:16pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has contained a fire inside a factory at Rutherford in the Hunter Region of the state, overnight.

Firefighters' accessed the external hydrant system allowing for the blaze to be contained and extinguished in under three hours.

Fire crews were confronted with smoke issuing from the building after a wax melting machine inside the large industrial factory on Racecourse Road caught fire just after midnight.

Fifteen workers had evacuated the building prior to fire crews' arrival and there were no reported injuries.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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4 Anambah, Rutherford NSW 2320

MAITLAND Fire Station

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Cnr Chelmsford Drive & Newcastle Street, East Maitland (Metford) NSW 2323