A thick black smoke invaded the sky Monday in the southern Netherlands. An intense fire broke out at midday in the industrial area of Chemelot in Geleen, near the Belgian and German borders. The fire started in a warehouse in this area dedicated to the chemical industry that stored plastic beads.
The fire broke out around 12:30 pm while workers were working on the roof of the warehouse. The fire destroyed the roof and the exterior walls of the building but no chemicals were affected, according to a spokeswoman quoted by website nu.nl . Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Firefighters took four hours to control the flames.
Three stations closed
As a precaution, authorities asked residents of the industrial area not to leave their homes. They were also advised to close doors and windows and turn off ventilation systems.
School children around were confined to classrooms and supported by teachers. Because of the thick smoke that invaded the skies of the region southeast of the Netherlands, the traffic from the stations in Geleen and Geleen-Oost-Lutterade located in Geleen and that of Sittard, a city a little further south was interrupted.
Concern was also concerned Maastricht Airport. The spokesman for the firefighters, however, specified in the Dutch media that the area presented no risk.
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