Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Rescuers search for five missing workers at German blast site

BERLIN – Rescue teams in western Germany searched for five missing workers in a chemical enterprise industrial park on Wednesday, a day after an explosion killed at least two people and injured 31 others.

The Tuesday explosion at the waste management facility of the Chempark site sent a large black cloud of smoke into the air and ignited a fire that took firefighters nearly four hours to extinguish. The industrial park is located in the city of Leverkusen, near Cologne.

Currenta CEO, who operates the Chempark Industrial Park, said there was little hope for the five missing workers – four Currenta employees and one outside contractor.

“We have to assume that the missing people can no longer be found alive,” Frank Hyldmar told reporters in Leverkusen. He added that one of the 31 injured was still in a life-threatening condition.

Police said on Wednesday that the investigation into the cause of the explosion would begin on Thursday, the German news agency dpa reported. So far, it has appeared that the explosion was linked to storage tanks filled with solvents.

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Rescuers search for five missing workers at German blast site
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