Huge Fire Breaks Out at Industrial Site in Lyon, France (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Over 100 firefighters and 30 fire engines are involved in tackling a huge blaze at an industrial site in Villeurbanne near Lyons, France which started early on Tuesday morning.
No injuries have been reported. Emergency services shared footage of the huge plumes of smoke barreling out from the building and of some of the damage already inflicted by the blaze.
First responders have asked people to avoid the area, but have said there are no concerns about materials at the site requiring containment. The smoke could be clearly seen from neighboring Lyons.
The site, formerly owned by transport company Alstom, is currently home to a mix of small and medium tech start-ups and related industries. Some 80 businesses and 350 workers could be affected by the fire, according to town officials.
Paris prosecutors also say police units specialized in environmental risks are leading investigations into a huge fire at a chemical plant last month in the French city of Rouen.
The Paris prosecutor’s office, which is in charge of the probe, said in a statement Tuesday that about 130 complaints have been filed mostly over potential health risks following the Sept. 26 fire.
Environmentalists and some Rouen inhabitants claim authorities didn’t do enough to protect the population and didn’t release health and safety information quickly enough.