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Newcastle factory fire results in $1m damage bill

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

The blaze broke out, just after 5.30pm on Tuesday 14 June, in 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 met by a large volume of black smoke.

The building contained a range of materials including 1000kg of powdered paint, wooden pallets and cardboard boxes.

Up to 20 people self-evacuated before the arrival of emergency services.

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.

There were no reports of any other people being injured.

The fire was extinguished by FRNSW about 8.10pm.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District established a crime scene and started an investigation into the circumstances of the fire.

But, from early reports, it is not being treated as suspicious.

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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