Fire destroyed a factory specializing in plastic resin swimming pools Monday morning in northwestern France.
More than 80 firefighters supported by 26 emergency vehicles managed to keep the fire in La Gravelle from spreading to surrounding businesses in the industrial park, Quest France reports. They were also able to keep large stocks of acetone stored on site from igniting.
At about 10:30 a.m. flames broke out in a painting booth at the factory. One of three employees on duty was transferred to a local hospital with smoke inhalation injuries.
“The smoke plume is made up of fumes which by definition are never good for breathing,” Fire Chief Frederic Queyroi told the press. “We have a chemical risk team on site to analyze them.”
Fire water runoff from the scene is also being analyzed for toxins.
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