• Burnt down: Jim's Bottler ©NSW Fire and Rescue
    Burnt down: Jim's Bottler ©NSW Fire and Rescue

Packaging business Jim's Bottler has been destroyed in a seven hour fire that led to local residents being told to stay indoors and toxic smoke covering sections of western Sydney.

Owner Jim Baradan said he has lost everything, having spent the past 30 years building the business from scratch.

Fire ripped through the Yennora factory, thanks to ten tonnes of cooking oil and a number of 9kg gas cylinders feeding the flames. There were no injuries.

The ferocity of the blaze sent dozens of firefighters to attend the scene, complete with a battery of equipment and vehicles, including ten water pumps and five cherry pickers.

The fire started around 6.45pm and took NSW Fire and Rescue until 2am to get under control.

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