4 hurt in refinery fire at Antwerp port
6 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Four workers were slightly hurt when a massive fire broke out at the Total Refinery in the port of Antwerp on Tuesday.
6 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Four workers were slightly hurt when a massive fire broke out at the Total Refinery in the port of Antwerp on Tuesday.
One of the victims was taken to the Stuivenberg Hospital for treatment, news agency Belga reported.
The fire started at about 10am at the refinery's unit where the viscosity of very heavy products is improved. About 20 tons of heavy fuel was at the unit at the time of the blaze.
A massive plume of smoke was seen rising above the refinery. The blaze also emitted a foul smell, but the smoke was not toxic, Total spokeswoman Vera Remans said.
The fire brigade later brought the fire under control and staff were allowed to return to work again at about 2pm.
Remans said the cause of the fire is not yet known and will be subject to an internal investigation.
The Antwerp municipal disaster plan was put into action after the fire started and the entire complex was evacuated.
"The impact for the rest of the refinery is limited, but out of precaution it was decided to evacuate the entire refinery," Remans said.
Four workers were slightly injured in the blaze. One worker suffered a sprained ankle, two others were treated for shock because they were very close to the where the fire started and a fourth suffered burns on the hands.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news