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France: Locals fear pollution as firefighters battle chemical factory blaze

France, Rouen
September 26, 2019 at 21:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Heavy smoke continued to billow over the French city of Rouen on Thursday, after a fire broke out at the chemical factory of Lubrizol earlier in the day.

Footage shows Rouen residents wearing masks or covering their faces with scarves.

Some 200 firefighters have reportedly been deployed to the site to contain the fire. However, according to firefighters, it may take several days before the fire is completely extinguished.

The fire broke at around 2:30 local time (00:30 GMT) at the Lubrizol plant, which has been classified as a Seveso or high-risk site due to the nature of chemicals it produces, including industrial lubricants and fuel additives.

Residents of Rouen and 11 neighbouring municipalities were consequently advised to stay indoors as a measure of precaution. Schools in Rouen and areas north to the port city were closed until further notice.

Officials have expressed concerns about potential pollution risks of the nearby Seine river following the incident.

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Heavy smoke continued to billow over the French city of Rouen on Thursday, after a fire broke out at the chemical factory of Lubrizol earlier in the day.

Footage shows Rouen residents wearing masks or covering their faces with scarves.

Some 200 firefighters have reportedly been deployed to the site to contain the fire. However, according to firefighters, it may take several days before the fire is completely extinguished.

The fire broke at around 2:30 local time (00:30 GMT) at the Lubrizol plant, which has been classified as a Seveso or high-risk site due to the nature of chemicals it produces, including industrial lubricants and fuel additives.

Residents of Rouen and 11 neighbouring municipalities were consequently advised to stay indoors as a measure of precaution. Schools in Rouen and areas north to the port city were closed until further notice.

Officials have expressed concerns about potential pollution risks of the nearby Seine river following the incident.

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