The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in southern Slovenia rose to six people, this Friday May 13, according to local media.
Two workers at the plant in the town of Kocevje, some 55 kilometers from the capital Ljubljana, suffered severe burns and two others are still missing after Thursday’s explosion.
Firefighters found at least five bodies in the destroyed facility, while at least 20 more people were injured.
“Unfortunately our fears have been confirmed,” Srecko Stefanic, a factory manager, told reporters.
About 200 people worked at the facility.
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Nearby residents said the explosion occurred around 8:30 am local time (6:30 GMT), shaking the entire area.
Regional television station N1 said a local emergency council met for an urgent session as firefighters and emergency crews rushed to the plant.
The Slovenian Press Agency described the explosion at the plant as the worst industrial fire in the country’s recent history.
The factory produces industrial chemical melamine.
*Translated by Daniel Gallego.
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