fire in the Airbus Helicopters sector, a major firefighter system

    fire in the Airbus Helicopters sector, a major firefighter system

    A fire broke out on Sunday in an Airbus Helicopters warehouse containing solvents and mechanical parts. 90 firefighters from Sdis 13 and Marins-Pompiers de Marseille helped control the fire in the morning. Measures are underway to control any risk of pollution

    The emergency services were notified at 6:15 a.m. this morning. A warehouse located in the non-military area of ​​Airbus Helicopters was engulfed in flames.

    Only a limited part of the 6,000 m2 burned down, according to the Bouches-du-Rhône departmental and fire service (Sdis 13). The warehouse contains mechanical parts and chemicals for the surface treatment of metals.

    Due to the presence of these products, in particular acids, measures are in progress to detect any risk of pollution.

    The intervention vehicles for technological risks (VIRT) of the Battalion of marine firefighters of Marseille and Sdis 13, were dispatched to the site, as is the procedure for these types of warehouse fires.

    They make it possible to carry out environmental research concerning the pollution of chemical agents, and the risk of impact on human health.

    According to Sdis 13, which took control of the intervention, the fire being located in Vitrolles, in the area of ​​action of the firefighters, the first results of the measurements show no threshold being exceeded.

    Fumes emanating from the warehouse were directed by a north wind, towards the industrial zone of Estroublans. The emergency services asked the motorists to avoid the area as much as possible, because of the smoke given off by the fire.

    The fire was attacked massively by the firefighters, supported by a dozen devices, to stop it as quickly as possible. By 10:30 am, he was already under control, and circumscribed.

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