Deprecated: Function session_register() is deprecated in /home/sites/fire.org.uk/public_html/init.php on line 88 Brazil chemical fire extinguished after two days
 Current Threat Level in the UK SEVERE  Issued by homeoffice.gov.uk

Forum Links

News Archive

Brazil chemical fire extinguished after two days

  • 1-19-2016

A chemical fire that started after an explosion at a cargo warehouse in Brazil has been put out after two days.

The fire in Santos spread toxic gas over the country's biggest port and across four cities.

The company owners said the containers were full of acid and a disinfectant which came into contact with rainwater, causing a reaction.

Reports say close to 200 people in three cities were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Prosecutors are now investigating whether anyone is to blame for the fire, that more than 300 firefighters battled at its peak.

The container terminal was operated by Localfrio, a logistics company, in Guaruja, a municipality on the eastern side of Santos, in Sao Paulo state.

A spokeswoman for the company, which exports chemicals used for refrigeration and general cargo, said the containers were filled with chloric acid and sodium dichloroisocyanurate - a cleaning and disinfectant agent.

Reports in Guaruja said 85 containers on the site were damaged.

Local mayor Maria Antonieta de Brito had asked people to stay out of the rain which could "contain chemical elements that can burn the skin".

Read More...........
Reproduced under licence from BBC News © 2016 BBC


Email to Friend

Fill in the form below to send this news item to a friend:

Email to Friend
* Your Name:
* Your Email:
* Friend's Name:
* Friend's Email:
* Security Image:
Security Image Generate new
Copy the numbers and letters from the security image
* Message:

Forum Login

Please login or register to our forum.

IFPA Spopnsor
RIFA advert
/home/sites/fire.org.uk/public_html/