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Explosion at German solvent recycling plant

10 September 2014

A huge blast and fire at the Bergolin chemical facility at Ritterhude near Bremen in north-western Germany late on September 9 resulted in one person being severely burned and extensive damage to a nearby residential area, according to DPA. Several local residents were slightly injured, police and firefighters said.

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The blast was heard for miles around and sparked an intense fire. A police spokesman said authorities believed the injured man was a plant employee who responded to an alarm on his beeper and drove from his home to the plant to investigate.

Police said the cause of the blast was not clear as the site was still too hot and not yet accessible to investigators.

The plant is owned by Organo Fluid GmbH, which specialises in recovering valuable solvents from used mixtures.

On September 10, more than 14,000 people were evacuated from their homes because of fumes from the fire.

Update 17/9/14:  The engineer involved in the incident died from his injuries on September 16.

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