Huge blaze at Shell chemical plant

Huge blaze at Shell chemical plant

A major fire has broken out at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell near the Netherlands port city of Rotterdam.

The Security Region Central and Western Brabant said nobody was missing in the fire that began last night in the town of Moerdijk.

Shell spokesman Thijs van Velzen said two people received minor injuries. “All the people that were present are safe,” he added.

Mr Van Velzen said he did not know the cause of the fire.

News reports said people across a wide area reported hearing blasts and could see flames soaring into the night sky.

Firefighters were using foam to fight the flames.

The security region said early today the flames were dying down and smoke was rising straight up, but advised people near the plume to close their doors and windows.

The blaze was close to the scene of another major fire three years ago at a chemical storage facility.
(AP)

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