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Antwerp Port Fire Creates Toxic Cloud

Image: Port of Antwerp

Shailaja A. Lakshmi

Toxic smoke from a massive smoldering fire has triggered an evacuation in the Port of Antwerp, local media reported.

All vessels and business within 6,000 feet from the fire have been evacuated, RTL broadcaster reported.

The authorities have reportedly urged the people who live nearby to keep their windows closed due to danger from the toxic smoke.

According to RT, Firefighters are still battling the blaze, which produces "poisonous substances."

Some 5,000 tons of nickel sulfide caught fire in a warehouse of one of Europe's largest seaports, the Port of Antwerp, on Saturday afternoon.

Several firefighters' teams are working to contain the fire. Companies and vessels in a 1.8-kilometer perimeter were evacuated. Inland navigation and car traffic in the vicinity of the site have also been stopped.

Aug 12, 2018

 

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