Blaze stench leads to court case

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18 December 2003, BRUSSELS – Smoke wafting from the burning remains of the fire-destroyed Marly coke factory is causing such a nauseating stench that a local environmental group is to sue the demolition company and the port of Brussels, which owns the land.

18 December 2003

BRUSSELS – Smoke wafting from the burning remains of the fire-destroyed Marly coke factory is causing such a nauseating stench that a local environmental group is to sue the demolition company and the port of Brussels, which owns the land.

Old people and asthma sufferers in particular have been complaining of headaches and vomiting since the fire broke out last week.

It was this health scare, despite air tests showing no abnormalities in the ambient air, that pushed authorities to demolish the factory’s burning chimney stacks in a bid to get the blaze under control as quickly as possible.

Fire services battled with 50 metre high flames for days, with all attempts at putting out the fire failing. The blaze’s stench carried as far as Limbourg province.

The Neder-over-Heembeek environmental group said the discomfort for residents was continuing, and was preparing for legal action.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Belgian news

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