Friday, 25 May 2012

One dead and two missing after explosion in Cáceres factory

One person has died and two more people are missing after an explosion in Moraleja, Cáceres, in an oil press in the locality. The Red Cross reports there are two injured of ‘diverse consideration’. The cause of the blast at Industrias Oléicolas Sierra de Gata on Thursday morning remains a mystery. Firemen were working at the scene in the afternoon trying control the fire, but they had been unable to reach the zone of the explosion, where the three workers are to have been. Security cordons were established at the entrance to the company and also at a petrol station just 100m a way. Esteban Habala from the Provincial Fire Service said that the fire was under ‘a certain control’ and is not expected to get worse. He said it was necessary to try and bring down the temperature in the zone of the explosion, and said there was a lot inflammable liquid burning, and as there were oil deposits underground, he could not rule out new explosions. He said that more than 20,000 litres of oil had burned, and his men were working with prudence. The President of the Junta de Extremadura, José Antonio Monago, has travelled to the scene to see what is happening for himself.

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