A warehouse of chlorine-based chemicals for swimming pools was destroyed by a fire around noon on Sunday in Lédenon, near Nîmes.
Hydrapo’s factory in Lédenon manufactures chlorinated products for swimming pools. A dangerous and unstable material that requires a high level risk classification.
Firefighters from several centres around Nîmes intervened at noon and personnel established a security perimeter around the plant. Several surrounding roads were closed and about fifteen people were confined to their homes.
What worried the residents was the huge plume of black smoke, visible for miles around escaping from the warehouse.
Experts were sent to the site to assess the toxic risk associated with the presence of chemicals, but they declared that the area was safe.
The fire destroyed a storage shed and about 1.5 tonnes of chemicals. The fire was finally extinguished in the early afternoon.