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A hearth broke out on Saturday at an industrial website within the city of Viviez, in Aveyron, which housed 900 tonnes of lithium batteries. While the encompassing inhabitants needed to be confined for a time, a group specializing in technological danger was mobilized to evaluate the impression of doable atmospheric air pollution.

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A hearth in an Aveyron warehouse containing 900 tonnes of lithium batteries led the authorities on Saturday to restrict the inhabitants inside a radius of 500 meters, we realized on Sunday February 18 from constant sources.

The fireplace broke out in a 3,000 m2 warehouse, containing 900 tonnes of two.5% lithium batteries, positioned within the city of Viviez, based on a police supply. According to the prefecture, the fireplace, shortly introduced beneath management by the 54 firefighters mobilized, didn’t trigger any casualties. There is now no danger of spreading, she stated on Sunday.

For now, “the fire is still active”, nonetheless mobilizing round twenty firefighters on the positioning, the prefecture informed AFP, estimating that the operation might nonetheless final “several hours, or even several days”.

Residents surrounding the scene inside a 500 meter radius have been confined to their properties since Saturday night.

Concerns about doable air air pollution

Smoke, stagnating across the website on account of lack of wind, continues to flee, “giving off a strong odor”, the prefecture informed AFP.

“There is no information to determine the origin of the fire” at this stage, based on the prefecture.

The toxicity of the smoke and extinguishing water is managed by a particular car from the Marseille firefighters, the police supply additional informed AFP.

The emergency conditions help unit of the National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risks was additionally known as upon.

A group specializing in technological danger was mobilized, in addition to Météo-France, to evaluate the impression of doable atmospheric air pollution.

The environmental protection affiliation Adeba judges on its Facebook web page “what happened is very serious”.

“We have high hopes for the investigation that will follow. We will not be satisfied with reassuring press releases from the prefecture, the company and local elected officials,” she additional asserts, questioning in regards to the doable penalties of this hearth on the well being of residents, air high quality or water high quality.

With AFP