Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bordeaux: 2 firefighters injured after an explosion of tankers – The Point

An explosion near Bordeaux injured two firefighters who intervened at the scene. The fire occurred on Sunday morning in a company specializing in the transportation of hazardous materials that caused the explosion of several trucks, have we learned from the prefecture of the Gironde.

the first fire occurred before 7 am in a tanker parked on a storage parking lot of the Trans CD, specializing in the transport of hazardous materials, Seveso low threshold, located in an industrial area in Bassens , north of Bordeaux. The truck was parked at the edge of parking along a fence adjacent to a neighboring building with corrugated iron. The origin of the fire is not, at this stage, “not yet determined”, said the prefecture. The investigation was entrusted to the Provincial Directorate of Public Security (DDSP), who confirmed to AFP does not “even know if the origin is accidental or intentional.” “This is a fire on the first truck,” we are assured, however, police said, indicating that the forensic identification Area Service (FIRS) performs the technical findings, supported by the legal permanence of DDSP.

the risk of spread pollution

the first explosion threw metal debris to the outside of society, some being found in residential gardens, but do not was injured, said the communications officer of the county fire and rescue service (SDIS) of the Gironde. Only two firefighters were slightly injured during the operation, “knee and ear,” he said. Following this first explosion, 5 to 10 trucks and tankers, among the hundred that was stored on the parking lot, also caught fire and a second loud explosion then occurred.

According to the first elements, heavyweight tanks contained residues of liquefied gas. The company specializes in the transport of oil, liquefied gas and gas cylinders. 85 firefighters and 11 trucks water lance were sent on site and the fire was contained before 10 hours. Firefighters always watered trucks tanks to cool. Any risk of pollution has been removed, according to firefighters, the water used to extinguish the fire which has been retrieved.


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