Melbourne tyre fire in Australia prompts warnings

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Image caption Thousands of tyres have gone up in smoke at the Broadmeadows facility

People in several districts of Melbourne have been told to stay indoors as a huge tyre fire burns on the outskirts of the Australian city.

The fire, which began on Monday morning, has already burned up about about 150,000 tyres, said fire officials.

The cause of the fire, in the Broadmeadows suburb, has not yet been established.

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Image caption Helicopters have been used to drop water on the blazing pile - firefighters were using up to 10,000 litres (2,200 gallons) of water per minute.
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Image caption Officials warned people living nearby to turn off air conditioners and keep doors and windows closed, but said they believed the smoke and smell were not a serious threat to the community.
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Image caption Despite warnings to stay indoors and watch it on TV, some locals gathered near the scene to see the fire themselves.
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Image caption The tyres were stacked in an industrial area.
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Image caption Thick dark smoke could be seen drifting over central Melbourne.

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