05 September 2012 17:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Polish firefighters are dealing with a huge fire that has severely damaged an expandable polystyrene (EPS) production and storage hall in Lochov, about 70 kilometres from Warsaw, the Polish State Fire Service said on Wednesday.
A column of toxic smoke, which can be seen from several kilometres away, was pouring out of the 10,000 square-metre premises of the Styropmin company, it added.
The prevailing winds were fortunately blowing the smoke towards an uninhabited area, but residents in the vicinity of the blaze had nevertheless been advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed, the fire service said.
There were no known victims of the blaze, and the cause of the fire, which broke out during mid-morning, is not yet known, it added.
More than two dozen fire engine units were attending the fire, which had been brought under control.
According to the company website, Styropmin is an 18-year-old company that produces and sells EPS boards used in various building industry sectors.
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