25 September 2012 14:05 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--A fire broke out on Tuesday morning at German fertilizer firm COMPO’s storage facility at Krefeld, near Duisburg on the Rhine river, the company said.
The fire broke out at about 07:10 hours German local time. Its cause is not yet known.
COMPO said at the time of the incident the site stored about 13,000 tonnes of raw materials for fertilizer production and about 20,000 tonnes of granulated fertilizer products.
The company said the raw materials and products are not dangerous and that the smoke from the fire did not pose a danger to the area's residents. However, fire officials advised residents to keep windows and doors closed, the company added.
German state television reported that the authorities temporarily blocked Rhine shipping at Krefeld because of the smoke. At 15:00 hours the fire was under control but not yet fully extinguished, they said.
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