Property evacuated by fire sends huge plume to Leamington Spa


Huge black smoke swirls on the roof of the Royal Leamington Spa, and residents explain the smell of chemicals after hearing a small explosion when a fire broke out in an industrial park.

A specialized hazard response unit was on site and people were evacuated from the fear of toxic smoke from the fire that broke out on August 27 at Juno Drive.

On that short street is also the UK’s first COVID test megalab. This is central to the government’s efforts to identify new variants of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as the new coronavirus.

However, reports indicate that the flame is in a nearby plastic factory.

Warwickshire Fire Rescue Service Said They received a call at 10:30 am on Friday to what was called a “serious” fire.

“The surrounding property is being evacuated. If you live within 70 meters (230 feet) of the site, keep windows and doors closed,” the Warwickshire Fire Rescue Team said in a Twitter update. increase.

They asked people not to go within 100 meters (330 feet) of the fire.

Local Labor lawmaker Matt Western said he had heard that the fire could involve chemicals from the plastics business sector.

“The factory fire at Juno Drive has shaken Leamington from the ground up,” he said. I have written About 3 hours after the fire started, at 1:00 pm on Twitter. “The scale of the flame is astounding. I spoke with police and fire chiefs who are increasingly confident in containing it. Follow the guidance.”

Anne Harrington-Ridley, a resident of Leamington Spa Told the BBC She said she kept listening to the “small explosion.”

She was walking to work near “I kept listening to small explosions.”

“I saw a small eruption of smoke and thought it might be an assignment, but it quickly became much darker and much bigger in about two minutes of space,” she said. “You could see a large eruption of smoke, there were fires, explosions, all sorts of things.”

according to Leamington ObserverIt is unknown if the COVID Megalab is involved in the flames. According to the government, the Rosalind Franklin Institute can process hundreds of thousands of virus samples daily to quickly detect new variants.

This is not the first time a natural disaster has threatened a major facility set up to tackle a pandemic.

Just as the UK launched one of the world’s first vaccine deployment programs, a storm flood threatened Oxford / AstraZeneca’s major production sites in January.

Municipalities worked overnight to prevent flooding at Lexam’s industrial land, where a national supply of vaccines is contained in vials.

Simon Veazey

Simon Veazey

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Simon Veazey is a UK-based journalist who has been reporting on the Epoch Times since 2006 on a variety of beats, from detailed coverage of British and European politics to web-based writing of the latest news.