Being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic does not eliminate the threat of fire, as demonstrated by a warehouse blaze Thursday night in the community of Brie-Comte-Robert in north-central France.
The custom kitchen decor company Cuisines Schmidt earlier announced that it was shutting its six factories in France and Germany and 450 stores throughout Europe to prevent spreading the disease. Shortly after 8 p.m., fire broke out at the company’s manufacturing complex in the Île-de-France region .
A volunteer firefighter living nearby managed to evacuate one person on site before the local fire brigade, SDIS 77, arrived, the newspaper LeParisien reports. Waiting for the brigade was an office building well involved and threatening to spread into a 1,000-meters-square warehouse,
Using three large monitors and other hose lines firefighters established a water attack at six key points, delivering 6,000 liters per minute, the SDIS 77 Facebook page reports. That action helped contain the fire, preventing it from extending into the company’s production facilities.
Nearly 60 firefighters from 17 department joined in the operation that lasted into the morning hours.