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Chemical spill after warehouse fire

Tuesday 15 Nov 2011 10:11a.m.

Chemical spill after warehouse fire

By Rachel Wattie

A large freight warehouse in Christchurch is closed for the day after a fire caused about 2000 litres of dangerous chemicals to spill.

Ten fire appliances contained a fire in a large truck and trailer unit which was inside the Freight Direct yard building in Mcalpine Street, Wigram, after they were called there about 8.30pm on Monday.

However, the fire melted two containers, which each contained about 1000 litres of dangerous chemicals, Fire Service assistant area manager Dave Burford told NZ Newswire.

The horticultural and agricultural chemicals included boron acid used in the preservation of timber, Mr Burford said.

"It was a major environmental exercise to prevent the liquid getting into the waterways," he said.

A clean-up operation is continuing inside the warehouse on Tuesday, but the road and other buildings in the area are open.

Investigators are on their way to the warehouse to determine the fire's cause.

No one was injured.

NZN

 
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