A FIRE at a chemical plant in Valencia has forced the emergency services to evacuate more than 3,000 people.
Fire chief Jose Miguel Bausset assured residents living near the area that “the fire cannot spread more than it already has” and it has been “contained” to the zone where the fire service is operating.
Bausset said the fire had spread quickly because the chemicals on site were highly flammable and strong winds had fanned the flames.
Valencia’s Regional Council told news outlets the flames were at least 50 metres high.
It is thought the blaze started on Wednesday when a warehouse operative was handling acetone in the Indukern-owned plant.
A 27-year-old worker was taken to hospital with second degree burns but has since been discharged.
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Emergency services have stressed that although acetone does not produce a toxic gas, it is important for residents to clean up any ash that falls from the fire.
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