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Crews battle major blaze at industrial site in Sydney

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Fire crews say they are gaining the upper hand at a massive factory fire at Lansvale in Sydney's south-west but add they still have "a long battle ahead" - reported the ABC.

The fire broke out at a plastics factory about 3:30pm (AEDT) and quickly spread through the industrial site to a storage area containing timber and scaffolding, causing thick black smoke to dominate the Sydney skyline.

Police earlier evacuated homes and businesses but there have been no reports of any injuries.

The fire spread across the industrial complex after it began at the factory on Day Street in Lansvale.

More than 120 firefighters and Hazmat crews were involved in the operation, which was hampered by water supply problems and extreme heat.

Superintendent Ian Krimmer of Fire and Rescue NSW said fire crews had done an incredible job to prevent the fire from spreading to any other nearby factories.

A number of streets around the fire were closed and smoke affected visibility on the Hume Highway.

Heavy traffic is still being reported around the fire and major delays continue on the Hume Highway.

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