Massive chemical storage tank in Thailand catches fire, 1 dead, 4 injured

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  • One idiosyncratic was killed and 4 others were injured erstwhile a occurrence broke retired astatine a chemic retention vessel successful Thailand.
  • Roughly 400 workers and residents person been evacuated to a impermanent shelter.
  • The institution that owned the vessel said it is investigating the origin of the occurrence and is acceptable to supply compensation to those affected. A akin occurrence erupted from 1 of its tanks successful 2021.

At slightest 1 idiosyncratic was killed and 4 others were injured aft a immense occurrence broke retired astatine a chemic retention vessel successful an Eastern Thailand concern parkland connected Thursday.

The occurrence successful Mab Ta Phut Industrial Estate, which was archetypal reported successful the morning, was contained much than six hours later. Fire workers estimated it mightiness instrumentality much than 10 hours to beryllium capable to afloat extinguish the flames, according to the Rayong province’s nationalist relations department.

About 400 workers and residents person been evacuated to a impermanent shelter, the section said.

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Black fume billows from a state retention vessel successful an concern country successful Rayong province, eastbound Thailand, connected May 9, 2024. (Fire & Rescue Thailand via AP)

Officials said the tank, which has a retention capableness of 2,500 cubic meters, belongs to the Mab Ta Phut Tank Terminal company, which operates a commercialized larboard and retention terminal for petrochemical products. They said the vessel contained Pyrolysis gasoline, a substance of chemicals commonly utilized successful gasoline blending.

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Videos and photos from the country amusement a immense plume of achromatic fume and raging fire engulfing a achromatic vessel that was lasting adjacent to respective others.

The institution said successful a connection that it is investigating the origin of the occurrence and volition instrumentality measures to forestall it from happening again. It expressed its condolences and said the institution is acceptable to supply compensation to those affected.

In 2021, the institution was ordered to cease operations temporarily aft different 1 of its retention tanks erupted and caught fire, sidesplitting 3 and earnestly injuring two.

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