Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thor Chemicals fire...

Just what you need to help the traffic along the day many schools break up...

BBC reports Margate Road closed both ways between the Pearce Sign's Roundabout junction and the Farley Road junction in Broadstairs, because of a building fire at a Chemicals Factory. Apparently there was some sort of explosion this morning, but that's all I know so far. No doubt local TV news (and of course our reliable local newspaper journalists) will have more news later...

BBC Kent has this report:

Crews douse chemical factory fire
Thirty firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a chemical factory in Kent.
The fire broke out at the Thor Chemicals premises in Ramsgate Road in Margate on Wednesday morning.

Six fire crews were sent to tackle the flames and nearby roads were shut. All factory staff were evacuated safely with no reports of any casualties. Police say there is no danger but are warning people living between College Road and the Westwood Industrial Estate to stay in doors as a precaution. Officers from the ambulance service are also on the scene in case they are needed.

Thor Group Ltd is a multinational company that produces a range of chemicals that are used in items such as personal care and flame retardant products. Kent Police is advising drivers to avoid the area because it is heavily congested.

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