Enormous fire at company in Roermond

17th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 July 2007, ROERMOND – An enormous fire broke out at the Koma company in Roermond this morning. The fire brigade reports that no one has been hurt.

17 July 2007

ROERMOND – An enormous fire broke out at the Koma company in Roermond this morning. The fire brigade reports that no one has been hurt.

Three large explosions were heard in the building at about 12.30 pm. Coolants and other chemical substances are present in the building since the company manufactures cooling installations.

Black clouds of smoke could be seen from far and wide in the area. The fire brigade and police have closed off roads in the area. The fire brigade has also evacuated nearby buildings, including Rockwoll Lapinus, for fear that the fire might spread.

There are several dozen fire trucks on the scene from throughout central Limburg, Zuid Limburg, Maastricht and Germany. Ambulances are also standing by.

The warehouse has been completely destroyed, the production company is partially burnt out. The damage will cost tens of millions of euro to repair, estimates Koma's director. The company employs 110 people.

Toxic fumes have been released as a result of the fire, including hydrocyanic acid. The fire brigade is carrying out measurements to determine the concentration of toxins.

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Subject: Dutch news

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