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Big blaze at Shell chemical plant in Netherlands

June 3, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A major fire broke out late Tuesday at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell near the port city of Rotterdam, Dutch emergency services said.

The Security Region Central and Western Brabant said in a tweet that nobody was missing in the fire in the town of Moerdijk.

Shell spokesman Thijs van Velzen later said that two people suffered minor injuries.

“All the people that were present are safe,” he added.

Van Velzen said he did not know the cause of the fire.

Local media reported that people across a wide area reported hearing blasts and could see flames soaring into the night sky.

Fire fighters were using foam to fight the flames.

The security region tweeted that the flames were dying down and smoke was rising straight up, but advised people near the plume to close their doors and windows.

The blaze was close to the scene of another major fire three years ago at a chemical storage facility.

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