Huge blast rocks chemical plant in Valencia, Spain (VIDEO)
The incident took place at the Fuente del Jarro industrial site in Paterna on Wednesday morning, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper reported, adding that at least one person was taken to hospital with burns.
Movilizadas 5 dotaciones de bomberos para extinguir el incendio de la fábrica de productos químicos en el polígono fuente del jarro pic.twitter.com/ULxFYMvCj2— P. Civil Paterna (@PCPaterna) February 8, 2017
The blaze was later confirmed by the local fire department.
The plant reportedly works with chlorine, a toxic gas that can cause damage to the respiratory system, eyes, and skin.
The flames were up to 15 meters high, according to El Mundo. The news outlet also noted that apparently there were several explosions.
Workers at a company located next to the chemical plant told ABC Spain that after they heard the explosion, they went out onto the street and saw "flares, more explosions and fireballs."
Segunda explosión en el polígono Fuente del Jarro. Efectivos de la policía y bomberos están intentando controlar el fuego pic.twitter.com/xvJDDsotfb— Ayuntamiento Paterna (@AytoPaterna) February 8, 2017
Classes at nearby schools were suspended due to the fire, the outlet reported, adding that the population was advised to stay at home and close doors, windows and ventilation systems.
The mayor of Paterna, Juan Antonio Sagredo, said that the fire is already under control.
Trabajador@s han sido evacuados hasta que cese el incendio de la empresa química Indukern en polígono fuente del Jarro pic.twitter.com/4mbbhU2q81— Ayuntamiento Paterna (@AytoPaterna) February 8, 2017
The plant where the fire broke out reportedly belongs to the Indukern company, which manages the “distribution and sale of pharmaceutical APIs, ingredients for animal nutrition, ingredients for foodstuffs, flavors and fragrances and industrial chemicals,” according to the company’s website.