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  • 6th September 2022

Large fire breaks out at UK chemical storage unit

Article by Kerry Hebden

FIREFIGHTERS have responded to a large fire at a chemical storage unit in Staffordshire, UK after more than 60 emergency calls came in from members of the public. 

The fire, which has been deemed accidental, broke out at about 06:20 on 5 September, forcing residents near to the Cannock Industrial Centre to leave their properties when debris and embers were blown close to nearby homes. 

More than 40 firefighters from across the West Midlands and Staffordshire were sent to the scene to tackle flames that according to a local news website, were sparked by "water reacting with chemicals". Reports also suggest that the explosions were likely caused by heavy thunderstorms. 

Members of the public were advised to avoid the area for their own safety, the fire service said. However by around 08:20, the blaze had been brought under control and crews have since been scaled back. There have been no reports of any injuries.

Article by Kerry Hebden

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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