Early Thursday morning, a fire broke out at Lubrizol’s chemical plant in Rouen, France. No injuries were reported, and the fire has now been extinguished. The incident caused huge plumes of black smoke in the French city. Environmental testing by local authorities indicate no initial findings of acute toxicity from the resulting smoke.
Rouen/Frankreich – A huge fire at the chemical plant of Lubrizol in Rouen caused a mass of black smoke over a wide region on Thursday. French authorities shut down roads and schools and ordered people to stay indoors. The administration for the Seine-Maritime region also urged people to avoid non-essential travel in the area.
Reports indicate the fire has impacted a drumming warehouse and an administrative building at the Lubrizol Rouen site. The fire spread to two neighbouring companies. Lubrizol produces additives for lubricants and paint. The cause remains unknown, the company announced on its website. Meanwhile, the fire has been extinguished and no injuries occurred. Around 200 firefighters worked to stop the blaze.
Images showed bursts of orange flames and black plumes of smoke: