The inferno near Melbourne's Nylex Grain Silo site. Picture: Kiah Doodie
The inferno near Melbourne's Nylex Grain Silo site. Picture: Kiah Doodie

Huge inferno lights up sky near famous Melbourne site

A SPECTACULAR fire lit up the night sky in Cremorne overnight near Melbourne's famous Nylex clock site.

More than 60 firefighters battled the huge blaze at an abandoned factory on Gough St from 12am with local residents urged to stay inside.

MFB spokesman Ian Morris said firefighters arrived on the scene in less than six minutes and used aerial appliances to reduce the suspicious blaze.

The fire was declared under control at 2:05am.

A factory near Melbourne's historic Nylex Grain Silo site was on fire. Picture: Kiah Doodie
A factory near Melbourne's historic Nylex Grain Silo site was on fire. Picture: Kiah Doodie

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Firefighters work to put the inferno out near Melbourne's Nylex Grain Silo site. Picture: Kiah Doodie
Firefighters work to put the inferno out near Melbourne's Nylex Grain Silo site. Picture: Kiah Doodie

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The fire was believed to be in an old factory site very close to the Nylex sign. Picture: Kiah Doodie
The fire was believed to be in an old factory site very close to the Nylex sign. Picture: Kiah Doodie

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Firefighters battled the flames and a plume of smoke could be seen in the sky. Picture: Kiah Doodie
Firefighters battled the flames and a plume of smoke could be seen in the sky. Picture: Kiah Doodie

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The fire took several hours to bring under control. Picture: Phil Vanderdrift
The fire took several hours to bring under control. Picture: Phil Vanderdrift

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A local resident captures the fire from a nearby apartment tower. Picture: Kiah Doodie
A local resident captures the fire from a nearby apartment tower. Picture: Kiah Doodie

The Nylex Clock sign was illuminated by the flames.

The massive fire kept residents up as firefighters put it out. Picture: Kiah Doodie
The massive fire kept residents up as firefighters put it out. Picture: Kiah Doodie

Victoria Police said no one was in the building at the time.

"The exact cause of the blaze is yet to be established, however police are treating it as suspicious," police spokeswoman Natalie Butler said.

The fire could be seen by locals across Melbourne. Picture: Kiah Doodie
The fire could be seen by locals across Melbourne. Picture: Kiah Doodie

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The fire spread near the Nylex Grain Silo site overnight. Picture: Kiah Doodie
The fire spread near the Nylex Grain Silo site overnight. Picture: Kiah Doodie

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A photo showing a large fire in Cremorne early this morning which started close to the Nylex sign. Picture: Kiah Doodie
A photo showing a large fire in Cremorne early this morning which started close to the Nylex sign. Picture: Kiah Doodie

This is not the first time the site has been engulfed in flames this year.

The massive flames as they continued to burn. Picture: Kiah Doodie
The massive flames as they continued to burn. Picture: Kiah Doodie

Road closures are expected to remain in place for coming days at the Punt Rd on-ramp to CityLink while works are undertaken to repair the structure.

Nearby residents were warned to stay indoors as crews fought the blaze. Picture: Phil Vanderdrift
Nearby residents were warned to stay indoors as crews fought the blaze. Picture: Phil Vanderdrift

Gough St will remain closed until further notice.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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