Wednesday 10/20/21

Fear of ammonia leak forces residents indoor amid blaze in Sweden

Police urged residents in the Swedish town of Alvsbyn to remain indoors, with windows and doors shut, due to danger of an explosion at the Polarbrod factory.
Svt report
Image: screnshot of SVT report on the fire in Polarbröd.

People in the Swedish town of Alvsbyn are barricading themselves inside due to a possible ammonia leak caused by a fire in a bread factory, local media reported on Monday.

Police closed off the Polarbrod factory compound and urged residents to remain indoors, with windows and doors shut, due to danger of an explosion, as ammonia could have leaked from a cooling facility.

Schools also remained closed.

The fire reached the roof and caused damage to great parts of the factory, Polarbrod said in a statement.

Danger of larger emissions

"If the walls and ceilings collapse, there could be larger emissions," the head of the local fire brigade told broadcaster SVT.

According to employees at the factory, the fire broke out on a plastic conveyor belt, after a piece of bread started burning in one of the ovens.

"It is a great tragedy for a us, but luckily nobody was hurt," the head of Polarbrod said.

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