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Chemical plant in Slovenia explodes, 6 people die


The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in southern Slovenia stands at six, local media reported Friday.

Two workers at the factory in Kocevje, a city of about 8,000 people about 55 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital Ljubljana, suffered severe burns, and two others were missing in Thursday’s explosion.

Firefighters at the scene found at least five bodies at the facility.

At least 20 people were also injured.

“Unfortunately our fears have been confirmed,” Srecko Stefanic, the plant manager, told reporters.

About 200 people are employed at the facility.

Local residents said the explosion occurred at around 08.30 local time (06.30GMT) and shook the entire area.

Regional broadcaster N1 television said the local emergency council was meeting for an urgent session as firefighters and emergency crews rushed to the plant.

The Slovenian press described the explosion at the factory, which produced the industrial chemical melamine, as the worst industrial fire in the country’s recent history.
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