Fire Breaks Out At Shell Plant In Netherlands

A large fire has broken out at a Royal Dutch Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands, according to Dutch emergency services.

The blaze is burning at the plant in the town of Moerdijk, near the port city of Rotterdam.

Shell spokesman Thijs van Velzen said two people have suffered minor injuries.

“All the people that were present are safe,” he added.

Firefighters are using foam to battle the flames.

The plant, which employs more than 1,300 people, makes chemical products based on petroleum. It is one of Europe’s largest chemical complexes.

Local media reported that nearby residents heard several blasts before spotting flames soaring into the sky.

People close to the fire have been told to close their doors and windows to avoid the heavy plume of smoke.

The blaze is burning near the scene of another major fire three years ago, which occurred at a chemical storage facility.

4 June 2014 | 12:04 am – Source:

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