Dutch Chemical fire in Amsterdam Westpoort

Quite what caused the fire at Diergaarde Chemical Storage which took place on Wednesday 23rd of February remains a mystery – but it’s the second fire at a Dutch storage facility housing chemicals in as many months.

The storage plant was primarily used to house rubber and cocoa products.   There were no reports of casualties.

It has been estimated that 1,000 tonnes of Rubber products perished in the fire causing the toxic smoke – which continued to burn and send smoke clouds into the air days after the fire first started.  Dutch authorities advised residents in local neighborhoods to keep windows and doors closed.   Flights were also disrupted in Schiphol Airport due to the fire.

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