Around 100 firefighters were called to tackle a massive blaze at a factory housing thousands of lithium batteries in Grand-Couronne, near Rouen in northern France, according to reports.
The fire followed an explosion on Monday evening, reported local media including Euroweekly News. The blaze rapidly spread into a nearby warehouse that was thought to store around 70,000 rubber tyres.
The Préfet de la Seine-Maritime authority said in a statement that the fire started in a 20,000 square metres facility belonging to Bolloré Logistics.
Firefighters specialising in chemical fires also attended. The authority said the depot contained around 12,250 electric vehicle lithium batteries, or battery elements. It did not specify.
The fire service took air measurements after the fire, which showed an absence of any significant substances connected to the fire. There were no injuries and no restrictions placed on people’s movements.