(ANSA) – ANCONA, 24 FEB – A fire caused by a ‘Thermal Cracking’ charge pump, with which light paraffinic hydrocarbons are produced, broke out at the Api refinery in Falconara Marittima: the flames, already under control according to what filters company, were then tamed. The Municipality of Falconara had already reassured about the absence of injured people and, according to information received from the company, that the situation was “under control”. In the meantime, however, a high and dense cloud of black smoke it is raised, visible even from a long distance, and has alarmed the citizens. The firefighters are still on their way to the site. “The fire is classified as category 1 – the municipal administration reported – and triggered the pre-alarm phase . In the meantime, the company has asked for the trains to be stopped “.
Firefighters continue monitoring on site to exclude and avoid any residual outbreaks. About 18 fire brigade units are intervening from various locations in the area (Ancona, Jesi and Senigallia) with five vehicles. On site also 118 health workers, police and carabinieri for all necessary checks and investigations. Also the employees of the ARPAM (Regional Agency for the Environmental Protection of the Marche) were already present for an inspection when the flames spread. (HANDLE).