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Powerful blaze at storage site in Pipera, nine firefighters injured

On Saturday evening fire engulfed a tire storage site located in Pipera. There were no deaths. The firefighters intervened with 16 trucks, using both water and foam, Catalin Eftene, the head of the Press Bureau of the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU) Bucharest, stated for Mediafax. He pointed out that the fire had spread on a surface of approximately 1,500 square meters, with the storage site holding several thousand tires.


Nine firefighters inhaled smoke, seven of them being hospitalized and two being given medical assistance on site, Cristian Pandrea, the SMURD coordinator at the site, informed.


According to inspector Christian Ciocan, the spokesperson of the Bucharest Police, traffic on the nearby streets was not restricted by the firefighters’ actions. Ciocan added that the firefighters will come up with a preliminary report after putting the fire out, with the policemen set to start an investigation into this case.


Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu also arrived at the site of the fire. He then went to the hospital in order to check the situation of the firefighters hospitalized with smoke inhalation.


Silvian Ionescu, the general inspector of the National Environment Guard (GNM), stated that the fire caused significant pollution in Bucharest. Asked about the sanctions that the storage site’s owner faces, Ionescu stated that it is premature to talk about that at the moment, with his subordinates waiting for the report compiled by ISU Bucharest. The chief inspector of the GNM criticized the fact that such a storage site was located ‘in the city,’ more so when considering that a storage site containing flammable substances was also located nearby.


After the fire, Mayor Oprescu, the Control Body of Municipality Inspectors and the police representatives will control all the storage sites located at the edge of the city in order to see whether they have permits, a communiqué issued yesterday by the Bucharest City Hall informs.


Also yesterday Minister of Internal Affairs Dan Nica stated that the tire storage site that burnt down was insured but was illegal, lacking a document that would have given the company the right to store dangerous materials in it. Nica stated that he asked the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations to conduct new controls at this type of storage sites in order to check whether they observe the legal provisions and the provisions included in the permits issued by the authorities.

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