Bendigo fire units called to 'large' fire at Dhurringile Prison

UPDATE 7.45AM, WEDNESDAY: 

The CFA has issued ALL CLEAR advice for Dhurringle.

The factory fire at Dhurringle Prison has been extinguished but there are still firefighters on scene patrolling the area.

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to exposure seek medical advice or phone Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

UPDATE 7.20AM, WEDNESDAY: 

Bendigo fire units were called to help fight the fire at Dhurringle Prison on Tuesday night.

A CFA spokesman said a specialised aerial appliance from Bendigo was requested.

"There was six members from Bendigo who turned out with the three appliances," he said.

"Including travel time, they were there some six and a half hours.

"The crews came back last night."

TUESDAY

UPDATE: 10.24PM:

A Victoria Police media spokeswoman said prisoners are in lock down as the fire continues to burn.  

UPDATE: 10PM: 

THE CFA has issued a warning for Dhurringile, Tatura, Tatura East, Toolamba West, Hendersyde, Byrneside, Ardmona and Toolamba.

Emergency services are responding to large factory fire at Dhurringle Prison. 

The fire is contained within the confines of the factory in the prison grounds.  

Smoke may be visible in the area.

 Currently there is no threat to the community.

EARLIER:

FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a blaze in Murchison-Tatura Road at HM Prison Dhurringile at Dhurringile. 

A Victoria Police media spokeswoman said the fire was not affecting prisoners. 

The CFA advice and warnings website shows 19 resources are on scene trying to control the blaze. 

A Corrections Victoria website states Dhurringile Prison was originally the 68-room homestead for a large farm and was completed in 1877. 

"During the war it was used as an internment camp for 'alien civilians' and later for prisoners of war," the website says.  

"After the war the Presbyterian Church used it as a training camp for English and Scottish orphans, until the Victorian Government purchased it in 1965 to use as a minimum-security prison.

''Over the years the grounds have been reduced to just over 100 hectares (one square mile).''

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