Explosion and fire at Dutch chemical plant

A major fire has broken out at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Shell near the Netherlands port city of Rotterdam.

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Cause of Dutch chemical plant blaze 'unknown'

A still of the blaze at the Royal Dutch Shell facility. Credit: ITV News

The cause of the fire and explosion that broke out at a Royal Dutch Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands late last night is still not known, according to a spokesman.

Royal Dutch Shell spokesman Thijs van Velzen said two people received minor injuries. "All the people that were present are safe," he added.

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

Police and emergency services also said 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.


Explosion at Dutch Shell chemical plant

A large fire has broken out a a Shell chemical refinery in the Netherlands, according to local media.

People nearby heard two huge bangs and saw a flash of light, the reports say.

It is not yet known if there are casualties or the extent of the damage.

Images on social media show a fireball rising from the plant which is in Moerdijk, south of Rotterdam.

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