Newcastle factory fire leads to $1million damage bill

Damage to a Newcastle factory, which was partially destroyed by fire, is expected to reach the $1 million mark.

The fire broke out, just after 5.30pm on Tuesday June 14, at an automotive spring manufacturing business in Parker Street, Carrington.

At least 15 Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) trucks, including specialist units, attended the scene where personnel were greeted by a large volume of black smoke.

The building contained a range of materials, including 1,000 kg of powder paint, wooden pallets and cardboard boxes.

Up to 20 people self-evacuated before help arrived.

However, NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a 49-year-old male employee for minor smoke inhalation.

He was taken to Mater Calvary Hospital as a precaution.

No other person was injured.

The fire was extinguished by the FRNSW around 8:10 p.m.

Officers from Newcastle Police District have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances of the fire.

But, based on initial reports, he is not being treated as a suspect.

And, unlike the Wickham fire in March, there is no health risk to the community.

A report will be prepared for the information of the NSW Coroner.

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