Major blaze at Lodz chemical distribution centre injures firefighters

06 June 2011 16:40  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A major fire at a chemicals distribution facility in Lodz, central Poland, has left two firefighters injured and caused approximately zlotych (Zl) 6m ($2.2m, €1.5m) of damage, the local fire service said on Monday.

Thirty firefighters were called to fight the blaze which caused several tanks containing solvents to explode, the City of Lodz fire brigade added.

The injuries suffered by the two firefighters during the incident are not life threatening, the spokesperson said.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Monday at a warehouse owned by Senol, a company that distributes solvents, paint thinners and varnishes.

It engulfed 18 containers, each containing around 15,000 litres (4,000 gallons) of solvent, and several vehicles, the fire brigade added.

A primary school was evacuated as black toxic clouds spread over the vicinity.

The flames have now been doused but an extensive mopping up operation is still under way.

($1 = Zl 2.71, €1 = Zl 3.96)

By: Will Conroy
+44 20 8652 3214

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