Germany authorities issue all-clear on fertilizer warehouse fire

28 September 2012 15:38  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Three days after a fire destroyed a fertilizer warehouse at Krefeld, near Duisburg on the Rhine river in northwest Germany, authorities on Friday issued an all-clear.

Krefeld city authorities and officials at the Krefeld-Uerdingen chemical park said that residents and workers no longer needed to take precautions. Black smoke from ongoing smouldering after Tuesday’s blaze affected air quality in the densely populated area in past days.

The warehouse of fertilizer firm COMPO held about 13,000 tonnes of raw materials for fertilizer production and about 20,000 tonnes of granulated fertilizer products.

COMPO said that according to initial police investigations, the cause of the fire was due to a technical defect at a conveyer facility.

Krefeld authorities said that at this time there were no indications that the fire may have been due to negligence or arson.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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