Canterbury, Sydney: traffic delays caused by large factory fire

Sydney commuters have faced lengthy delays this morning after a large factory in the city’s southwest was engulfed in flames.

Fire crews were called to the blaze on Canterbury Rd, Canterbury at about 2.30am, with multiple fire crews and aerial appliances deployed to tackle the inferno.

As of 9am traffic on Canterbury Rd near Wonga St remained moderate while one of three westbound lanes remains closed.

Motorists have been urged to “exercise caution” and “prepare to merge” while lane one is non-operational.

The owner of a petrol station next door to the factory, which produces white goods, was reportedly the first to alert emergency services to the blaze.

“It was full of smoke … all of a sudden there was fire coming from the rooftop,” the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told 7 News.

“It was scary.”

According to 7News more than 70 firefighters were called in to tackle the inferno, threatening the petrol station next door where thousands of litres of petrol is stored.

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