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Explosions and fire at chemical plant at Moerdijk sparks Dutch alert
A major fire erupted at a chemical storage and packing company in The Netherlands. A towering plume of thick smoke rose out of the fire at Chemie-Pack Nederland BV in an industrial estate in the southern town of Moerdijk. Residents in parts of the nearby city of Dordrecht also are being warned to keep windows and doors shut. Authorities also closed off the nearby A16 highway to traffic and warned local farmers to move livestock indoors so they did not eat soot falling from the smoke plume. Police said none of the company’s 50 staff was injured. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Boats on the nearby Hollands Diep waterway was halted. Some 150 firefighters were tackling the blaze and the government sent three Dutch Air Force firefighting trucks to the scene.


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