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Flames fanned at fancy food factory in France

souprosse Sudouest
Souprosse, France – Delicacies such as foie gras may be harder to come by this holiday season after a fire erupted Monday (Nov. 18) at a food processing plant in southwestern France. Nearly 30 firefighters from across the region responded to Duperier and Son when fire broke out during the lunch break, the Sudouest website reports.
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Goods stored outside factory in Egypt destroyed by flames

rahat Arab48
RAHAT, EGYPT – Strong eastern winds Monday (Nov. 18) pushed flames through inventory and equipment stored outdoors at a cardboard-making factory. Nearby residents rushed to the factory to help contain the fire until responders could arrive, Arab48 reports. The factory employs nearly 1,000 people locally. Smoke from the fire forced police to close a highway near the factory until flames could be brought under control.
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Plant owners in Colombia face huge loss

cali El Tiempo
CALI, COLOMBIA – Flames consumed a plastics and alcohol factory Sunday (Nov. 17), leaving damage expected to run into millions of dollars. Nine firefighters armed with a pumper, an aerial and two tank trucks fought the blaze. Heavy equipment was used to break up hot spots where water reacted badly with the factory chemical, El Tiempo reports. No injuries were reported in the fire.
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Flames spread through used tires at Russian processing plant

kamyshin Notepad Volgograd
KAMYSHIN, RUSSIA – Burning tires fueled a processing plant fire Saturday (Nov. 16) that destroyed nearly 1.5 thousand square meters of the facility. Firefighters labored nearly five hours to gain control of the fire that swept through a tire recycling plant. Burning tires stacked five meters high hindered the firefighting effort, Notepad Volgograd reports. A fire watch is being maintained to monitor the smoldering debris in case the flames rekindle.
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Distillery fire in Uganda surprises neighbors

MBALE, UGANDA – A fire at a distillery making domestic beverages sent one worker to the hospital with burns Sunday (Nov. 17). Neighbors report that what they thought was a fuel fire turned out to be burning waragi, a distilled beverage native to Uganda. One worker rescued from the burning structure was transported to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. None of the neighbors were aware that a distillery was operating in the area.
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Industrial waste treatment facility burns in South Korea

gaejin Gyeongbuk Daily News
GAEJIN, SOUTH KOREA – Fire destroyed more than 800 square meters of factory space and a fleet of trucks Sunday (Nov. 17) at a chemical waste treatment plant. The latest incident is the plant’s sixth fire since opening in 2004, the Gyeongbuk Daily News states. Fourteen fire trucks and nearly 150 firefighters responded to the fire scene. An estimated 300 tons of waste synthetic resin was on hand when the fire broke out.
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Fire closes window factory in Italy

brugnera2 RAI News

BRUGNERA, ITALY – Fire destroyed the production and warehouse facilities for a window factory Monday afternoon (Nov. 18).

Firefighters battled the blaze nearly three hours before gaining control, RAI News reports. The initial report to firefighters was made by residents living near the factory.   

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Police probe factory fire in Germany

GERA, GERMANY – The cause of a fire in a vacant factory building Sunday (Nov. 17) that caused extensive property damage remains undetermined. A witness alerted firefighters to the fire at the factory on Vollersdorfer Strasse. Responders were able to extinguish the blaze with no injuries. Arson investigators have taken charge of the fire scene.
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Dust collector fire reported at Canadian paper mill

lennoxville La Tribune
LENNOXVILLE, QC – Firefighters battled a paper mill fire nearly three hours before gaining control Sunday (Nov. 17). The origin of the blaze was traced to a dust collector at the mill, La Tribune reports. Firefighters had difficulty directly accessing the fire to extinguish it. Because the fire was contained within the dust collection, damage to the factory was limited.
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Fuel storage threatened by factory fire in Israel

Lehvim Fire and Rescue Service Southern Distrtict
LEHAVIM, ISRAEL - Firefighters struggled Monday (Nov. 18) to prevent flames from a burning factory reaching a nearby fuel storage tank. The fire broke out at an industrial park near Beershedba, the Jerusalem Post reports. No casualties have been reported. A highway near the factory has been closed by police until further notice.
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Boiler blast in India kills three, injures three

bangra ANI
BANGRA NAGAR, INDIA - A boiler at a food processing plant preparing meals for school children exploded Saturday (Nov. 16) killing three people and injuring three more. The plant is located in Bihar's East Champaran district, NDTV reports. One of the injured was transferred to a hospital in Patna for treatment. The remaining injured were treated locally.
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Air strike in Libya hits snack factory, killing seven

TRIPOLI, LIBYA – An air strike Monday (Nov. 18) in the suburbs of the Libyan capital damaged a snack factory, killing seven workers and injuring 35 more. Most of those killed were workers hired from foreign countries, Reuters reports. Warring factions, many based in Tripoli, have split the nation since 2014 with hundreds of civilians killed.
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Chemical plant explosion in India kills four

hyderaBAD Express News Service
HYDERABAD, INDIA – Widespread panic ensued when an explosion at a chemical plant Monday afternoon (Nov. 18) killed two workers and injured four others. The explosion originated in a reactor at Jeevika Life Sciences Ltd., a chemical factory at IDA Jeedimetla in Hyderabad. A search is ongoing for other workers who remain missing, the Express News Service reports. Workers and nearby residents fled when the blast occurred. The Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department responded to the scene to battle the resulting blaze.
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Shoe factory fire in India kills one

DELHI, INDIA - Fire spread through a three-story shoe factory Sunday (Nov. 18) leaving at least one person dead. Twenty-four fire tenders responded to the scene and brought the blaze under control within an hour, officials told The Hindu, Closed for a holiday, the factory was empty save for a watchman on duty. A charred body found after the fire could not be immediately identified as the watchman.
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Massive fire reported at Indonesian rubber processing plant

KUBU KANDANG, INDONESIA - Fire broke out Sunday morning (Nov. 17) in a rubber processing factory owned by PT ABP. Information from the scene provided by the government indicated that the closest responders are distant from the plant. Employees were on vacation when the fire broke out, a source told AFP. 
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Refinery fire not expected to hurt production - KNPC

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT - Kuwait National Petroleum Company reports that it was able to control a limited fire that broke out Thursday evening (Nov. 14) at its Mining Unit 20 at the Mina Abdullah refinery south of Kuwait  City. "The fire extinguishing team succeeded in extinguishing the fire in record time without any loses," the company states on Twitter Thursday. Spanning 7,835,000 m2, Mina Abdullah is capable of refiniongh 730,000 barrels per day.
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Oven fire disrupts production at Minnesota industrial bakery

fergus Fergus Falls Daily Journal
FERGUS FALLS, MN - Friction from a chain drive may have ignited insulation in an oven at an industrial bakery Thursday night (Nov. 14) in western Minnesota. The oven involved measured more than eight feet tall and 30 feet in length, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reports. The fire occurred at the Bimbo Bakery at 415 S. Mill. Firefighters were on the scene nearly one hour with plant workers attempting to return the oven to production the same night.
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Animal feed factory in Texas reports silo fire

temple2 KWTX
TEMPLE, TX - Fire broke out in a silo at an animal food factory in central Texas just before 6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15). KCEN TV reported that no injuries were reported among the 15 workers on duty at the Cargill plant when the fire was discovered. Local firefighters immediately responded to the scene.
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Forest products plant fire extinguished in Mississippi

vicksburg WJTV
VICKSBURG, MS - A conveyor belt fire ignited a silo filled with sawdust Saturday (Nov. 16) at a western Mississippi wood product plant. Fire authorities told WJTV that the fire was brought under control before reaching any marketable products made at Vicksburg Forest product plant, The plant building sustained minor damage. Firefighters were occupied at length extinguishing spot fires that might rekindle in full fledged flames.  
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Boiler explosion at jeans factory in India blamed for double fatality

BANGALORE, INDIA - An unlicensed boiler at a factory specializing in the dyeing and washing of jean exploded Friday night (Nov. 15), killing two workers. Police told The Hindu newspaper that the workers were reopening the facility after several weeks of being shut down. One worker was in the process of restarting the boiler when the explosion killed him and another worker in the next room. A government official reported that the factory did not have permission to operate either the boiler or the washing unit on the rented premises.
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