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Chemical blast in Catalonia kills one and injures six

Tarragona explosion A screengrab from a video posted to social media shows an explosion near Tarragona Spain
Travis Berry | 16 January, 2020, 00:38

One person died as a effect of an explosion at a chemical factory in Spain's north-eastern Tarragona province, Spanish media reports.

Emergency services said that two of the injured people were being treated for major burns.

The blast happened in the port city of Tarragona.

One person was killed, another was missing and six were injured in an explosion and fire at a chemical factory in northeastern Spain, local authorities said.

Interior department chief Miquel Buch tweeted that the fire was not toxic but he advised residents to remain inside.

According to the company's website, Iqoxe is Spain's sole producer of ethylene oxide, a chemical compound used for making detergents, solvents and other products, as well as glycol, one of the main raw materials in the production of plastics.

Firefighters in the Spanish city of Tarragona have brought a blaze at a chemical plant under control, and are stabilizing an ongoing fire in a storage tank.

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Cllr Oliver Cooper (Con, Hampstead Town) was among those to tweet his concern as the fire ripped through the building. Hopeful union leader and local MP Keir Starmer also added his voice, tweeting, "Terrible news in Camden tonight".

Catalan president Quim Torra said: 'I would like to send my condolences to the family of the person who died as a result of this accident.

However, authorities said there was no evidence of any "toxic cloud".

Iqoxe CEO Jose Luis Morlanes said the explosion occurred in a 20-ton tank of ethylene oxide in a part of the plant that had not had any problems since it was built in 2017.

A blast ripped through a factory in the Catalan city of Tarragona on Tuesday, with authorities advising residents of certain areas on the city to stay indoors.

The coastal city of Tarragona, with its 800,000 residents, is located some 115 kilometers (71 miles) southwest of Barcelona.

Tuesday's explosion comes just over a month after a December 11 blaze at a solvent and industrial residues recycling plant in the northeastern town of Montornes del Valles.

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