A large fire has erupted at Drysdale, which required the evacuation of dozens of homes. Photo: Nigel Fox
A large fire has erupted at Drysdale, which required the evacuation of dozens of homes. Photo: Nigel Fox

50 homes evacuated after gas cylinders erupt

FIFTY homes have been evacuated after a fire sparked in a building used to store gas cylinders near a petrol station on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong.

Crews were called to the Drysdale property shortly before 1am as a number of the cylinders stored in a shed caught alight and began exploding.

The remainder of some cylinders were reportedly found in people's yards.

The Country Fire Authority said the blaze was contained without incident after about 50 homes were evacuated and residents taken to a nearby community centre.

There was a structure fire at D.A. & N.J. Mortimer Petroleum in Drysdale, located behind the petrol station, at 12.43am Thursday.

The fire started in the shed, 50m by 20m wide, and was deemed under control at 5.05am.

Up to 11 CFA vehicles attended the incident, with MFB also on the scene.

A CFA spokeswoman said the shed was used to store domestic LPG cylinders.

Worksafe will attend this morning to inspect the site.

CFA operations officer Wayne Aylmer told 3AW a number of properties were evacuated but no one was injured.

"The other issue we have is we need to get the residents back into their homes.

A large fire has erupted at Drysdale, which required the evacuation of dozens of homes. Photo: Nigel Fox
A large fire has erupted at Drysdale, which required the evacuation of dozens of homes. Photo: Nigel Fox

"We have concern where these cylinders have actually landed and if they have caused other issues we haven't quite seen yet."

An MFB drone was also flying above the area to find any cylinders which may have landed on other properties.

A CFA spokeswoman said the SES was doing an impact assessment.

Drysdale CFA captain Brendan MacDonald said the cause of the fire was unknown.

"It's been extremely difficult (to put out) with the amount of gas cylinders on the premises," he told Sunrise.

"We had to evacuate nearby residents due to the exploding cylinders that were exploding up into the air."

An emergency relief centre has opened at the Springdale Community Centre. Phone: 5253 1960

News Corp Australia

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