LATEST: A Redbank rail workshops employee has escaped injury, despite a welding explosion that caused serious damage to a factory this afternoon.

The worker was oxy-welding at the General MacArthur Place site when the explosion occurred about 1pm.

Police said there was an explosion which engulfed the man's work area, but didn't burn long enough to cause injuries.

It did cause extensive damage to a section of the building, however.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, with the building evacuated as firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at the back of the workshop.

A Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said the fire was out by 1.45pm, with firefighters using fans to expel a large amount of smoke.

Damage was confined to one area of the building, and all people were accounted for.

Speaking to Cr Paul Tully, a worker from the area said emergency services were quick to respond and ensure the safety of everyone in the street.

"The firies turned up and there were some chemicals and plastics alight and some forklifts with gas bottles, so for everyone's safety they've evacuated the surrounding sheds and asked us all to keep a safe distance until they can put the fire out and make it safe for everyone to go back," he said

Witness who was forced to evacuate the fire at Redbank:

Posted by Cr Paul Tully on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

UPDATE 2PM: THERE are reports of extensive damage to a factory at the railway workshops in Redbank, following a fire this afternoon.

Police say a worker has escaped injury despite an explosion that occurred while he was oxy-welding on the site on General MacArthur Place about 1.15pm.

Fire, police and ambulance are at the scene.

The fire was confined to one area of the factory.

Speaking to Cr Paul Tully, a witness said the complex and surrounding sheds had been evacuated.

"There were some chemicals and plastics alight, as well as some forklifts with gas bottles in there so for everyone's safety they have evacuated surrounding sheds and have just asked us to keep a safe distance until they can put the fire out," he said.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Rail fire at Redbank is under control.

Posted by Cr Paul Tully on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

Fire, police and ambulance at the scene of a fire at a factory at the railway workshops in Redbank.
Fire, police and ambulance at the scene of a fire at a factory at the railway workshops in Redbank. Inga Williams

 

Fire, police and ambulance at the scene of a factory fire near the railway workshops in Redbank.
Fire, police and ambulance at the scene of a factory fire near the railway workshops in Redbank. Inga Williams

 

EARLIER: THERE are reports of a fire at the Redbank railway workshops.

The call was received about 1.15pm.

Police and firefighters are at a factory at General MacArthur Place.

There are reports suggesting the fire has been extinguished.

QAS has been called to the scene, however there are no initial reports of injuries.



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