In the south of France, an acid tank caught fire at the Aubert & Duval metallurgical plant in the commune of Pamiers. Due to the risk of toxic waste being released into the air, locals are being asked to stay at home, the department's prefecture said on Twitter.
“This morning, an acid tank caught fire in a 400-square-meter building on the territory of the Aubert & Duval plant in Pamie. The fire engulfed the entire building, and staff were evacuated,” the statement reads.
As a result of the incident, residents living within a radius of 200 meters from the plant were asked not to leave their homes.
In addition, other citizens were urged to refrain from traveling to the region so as not to interfere with the actions of rescuers. The prefecture has already announced the closure of all school exits, while students will remain inside the classrooms.
The causes of the fire have not yet been reported.
The Aubert & Duval plant is the largest in the group. This metallurgical factory, founded in the early XIX century, employs about a hundred people; it supplies parts for the aviation and automotive industries.