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The fire broke out early yesterday afternoon on Yulong Place, with the blaze's intensity, explosions and dense smoke prompting the evacuation of more than 100 people from 40 nearby homes and another 200 from neighbouring businesses.
Ms Waller said Liverpool Council quickly initiated its emergency-response plan, preparing the Chipping Norton Boatshed to potentially shelter up to 50 residents who could not return to their homes last night.
"Only a handful of people dropped in, but left by about 8pm after they found somewhere to stay overnight," she said.
"The council was ready to support them but it's pleasing that everyone was able to find accommodation."
The regional emergency-management officer also asked that the council's depot on Rose Street at Liverpool be prepared for use as a local control centre for emergency services. It was not needed.
The council's staff helped emergency-services staff day and night with traffic control and helped deliver materials.
The NSW Environmental Protection Agency is advising on potential pollution effects.