Plumes of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on May 5 at 7.30am. Photo taken at the Kirkwood Rd and Toolooa bends intersection.
Plumes of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on May 5 at 7.30am. Photo taken at the Kirkwood Rd and Toolooa bends intersection. Contributed by Louisa Anderson

Fire at Boyne Smelters Ltd during dismantling process

PLUMES of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on Sunday morning.

Nobody was injured in the fire at the site on Handley Dr, Boyne Island, which was brought under control by the site's emergency services crew at 8.10am.

Boyne Smelters Limited general manager Joe Rea said the fire occurred during the dismantling of an electrostatic precipitator.

Plumes of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on May 5 at approximately 7:30am. Photo Contributed
Plumes of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on May 5 at approximately 7:30am. Photo Contributed Contributed

"It's not part of our facility that's actually operational," Mr Rea said.

"They're part of a fume treatment facility.

"They're really there to remove emission and control our emissions."

This work was part of the decommissioning of two of the smelter's carbon bake furnaces that are no longer in operation.

The smelter is investigating the incident to identify the cause of the fire.

The fire caused visible smoke in the local area but the smelter does not believe the smoke posed a health risk to employees on site or the community.

Aerial view of Boyne Smelter Limited.
Aerial view of Boyne Smelter Limited. Brenda Strong

Mr Rea said that once the issue was investigated the community would be made aware of the findings.

"We always try to be transparent with these things," he said.

Mr Rea said the sites entire management team had been brought in to be made aware of the incident.

"We are taking this incident seriously  and want to make sure nothing like this happens in the future," he said.

"We haven't had an incident like this in many years."

The Boyne Smelters Limited site is fully equipped for emergency procedures with a complete fire and rescue team.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Workplace Health and Safety have been notified of the incident.

Plumes of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on May 5 at approximately 7:30am. Photo Contributed
Plumes of thick smoke bellowed out from a fire at Boyne Smelters Limited on May 5 at approximately 7:30am. Photo Contributed Contributed