Authorities issued a shelter-in-place order Friday morning after a major fire broke out at a chemical plant in a community east of Hamburg, Germany, the local fire department reports.
An automatic alarm system alerted at about 7:30 a.m. that flames were sweeping through a plant in the Lauenburg industrial area near the northern bank of the river Elbe. On arrival firefighters raised the alert level to FEU 3 to bring more emergency personnel to the site, the Lauenburg Fire Department website states.
An internal attack was not initially possible. Firefighters utilized several aerial ladders while mobile water cannons were brought into position, the website states.
Mutual aid assistance has been requested from surrounding communities. A telescopic mast vehicle from the Hamburg Fire Brigade is now in use.
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