Video Shows Chemical Plant Blast

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 01:05 PM gHale

Thirty-five people were injured last Thursday, three of them seriously, when a series of explosions ripped through a chemical recycling plant near Madrid, Spain.

It took firefighters eight hours to bring the blaze under control after it erupted for as yet unknown reasons.

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A video shows when firefighters arrived at the scene and the ensuing explosion at the chemical factory in Arganda del Rey, near Madrid May 4.

As the video shows, firefighters arrived at the factory just seconds before the explosion, workers could be seen fleeing the factory building. Following the explosion firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames with hoses.

The plant belongs to Requimsa, a company specializing in the treatment and recycling of hazardous solvents and chemical products.

The explosions were so strong they damaged the premises of four adjacent companies in an industrial estate and emergency services ordered the evacuation of five schools in the vicinity, officials said.

A large plume of dense, dark gray toxic smoke drifted over Madrid as the fire raged at the plant in the Arganda del Rey neighborhood, 15.5 miles from the city center.

This is the second time in less than four years a fire broke out at the plant. In contrast to the blaze that broke out in June 2013, Thursday’s fire seriously injured several people including two company workers, along with a female employee at a nearby plant, all of whom have been hospitalized.

One of the workers, a 37-year-old man, suffered burns on 30 percent of his body, while one of his colleagues, 42, was burned on 18 percent of his body. The woman, 22, broke her pelvis in a fall at a nearby plant as a result of the fire.

Ten other people ended up transported to hospitals with slight injuries and two others were given first aid and released at the scene. Twenty others, also with minor injuries, went to the Sureste Hospital in Arganda on their own, emergency services authorities said.

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