Roermond fire extinguished

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18 July 2007, ROERMOND – The fire brigade worked all night last night to extinguish the fire that destroyed a factory building of cooling installation manufacturer Koma in Roermond on Tuesday. The fire has been out since dawn, the fire brigade reported this morning.

18 July 2007

ROERMOND – The fire brigade worked all night last night to extinguish the fire that destroyed a factory building of cooling installation manufacturer Koma in Roermond on Tuesday. The fire has been out since dawn, the fire brigade reported this morning.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is going to examine the soot that has descended on parts of Roermond for toxicity. The results of these tests are expected early next week.

Until this time the population is advised not to eat any vegetables grown in their own gardens, to wash their hands after contact with the soot, and to keep children from playing on the ground or in sand boxes.

Koma director Rein Ferwerda told the 110 employees of the company that they need not fear for their jobs. The company will be rebuilt within a year. There will be no compulsory dismissals in the meantime, Ferwerda said on Wednesday.

Roermond mayor Henk van Beers said on Wednesday he wants "no stone left unturned" in an investigation into how the media and public were informed about the risks posed by the fire in his municipality.

"How could it be said on Tuesday that windows and doors did not need to be shut and that there was no danger, when by midday we already knew there were possible dangers," Van Beers said angrily.

"I said during the policy meeting around noon that a letter should be sent out notifying people of the risks posed by the descending soot particles. At that same moment the fire brigade was still saying that the stuff was harmless. Incomprehensible," Van Beer said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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