Melbourne fire: Vic Emergency issues urgent alert as major fire breaks out in Laverton North

A major fire has broken out at a recycling plant in south-west Melbourne, causing thick smoke to rise into the sky.

Emergency services are struggling to douse the fire at the facility in Dohertys Road, Laverton North, on Friday morning after it ignited around 10.30pm on Thursday.

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7NEWS understands that emergency services had to call in personnel to use cranes to separate some of the materials at the recycling plant as the flames grew to a height of 10m.

Firefighters battle to put out an industrial fire at a recycling plant in southwest Melbourne. Recognition: 7NEWS
7NEWS understands flames reached up to 10m high as firefighters struggled to put out the blaze. Recognition: 7NEWS

Residents in the Deer Park, Derrimut, Laverton North, Ravenhall, Sunshine West and Truganina areas are being warned they may see or smell smoke.

“If you are sensitive to smoke or live with someone who is sensitive to smoke, you should close windows and doors. Turn off heating and cooling systems,” Vic Emergency said.

Emergency services say there is no immediate threat to the community and no action is needed.

The fire is not classified as suspicious, but its origin is being investigated.

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