In Przylepa, a district of Zielona Góra, a chemical waste landfill is on fire. Firefighters fight the fire. Plumes of black smoke that extend over the area may contain dangerous chemicals. – At the moment, we have tests that confirm that these are aromatic and petroleum hydrocarbons in quantities that do not threaten human life or health. Therefore, at the moment, we are not making a decision to evacuate about 2.5 thousand residents of Przylepu – informed Władysław Dajczak, Lubuskie Voivode, at 9 pm.
It happened on Saturday afternoon in Przylepa, a district of Zielona Góra, to a hall firewhere chemicals are stored.
Władysław Dajczak, the Lubuskie Voivode, informed at 9 pm that tests were carried out “through specialized cars of the provincial environmental protection inspection, but also of the state fire brigade, which were to make sure that the smoke that escapes from this place of fire is dangerous to people”.
– At the moment, we have tests that confirm that these are aromatic and petroleum hydrocarbons in quantities that do not threaten human life or health – he said.
– Therefore, at the moment we are not making a decision to evacuate about 2.5 thousand residents of Przylep, who live in the immediate vicinity of this fire – he informed. But we will continue this research on an ongoing basis. If it turns out that these indicators are increasing or exceeding the permissible standards, we have been prepared for several hours, after the actions taken by the president of Zielona Góra, to immediately evacuate the residents – he added.
Earlier, before 7 p.m., the mayor of Zielona Góra announced the decision to start the evacuation of residents.
“Urgent order of the Provincial Crisis Staff. We are starting the evacuation of residents from the village of Przylep. Residents will be transported by buses of the Municipal Communications Department to places designated by the city. Please prepare for the evacuation quickly and take only the most necessary things with you,” the president of Zielona Góra wrote on Saturday in social media.
Fire chief: the decision to evacuate has not been made at the moment
– The mayor of the city prepared places for evacuation – said then in an interview with TVN24, the Marshal of the Lubuskie Voivodeship, Elżbieta Anna Polak. She added that the crisis management staff, in whose work she participates, was waiting for the results of air tests carried out by military experts.
Lubuski Provincial Commander of the State Fire Service, nadbryg. Patryk Maruszak informed before 8 pm that during the meeting of the Provincial Crisis Management Team “different possibilities were considered”. – I would like to deny that such a decision [o ewakuacji mieszkańców – przyp. red.] has not yet been made, he said.
General Command of the RSZ: soldiers and military firefighters are on site
“Soldiers from the Central Contamination Analysis Center were sent to the place of the fire in the hall with chemical waste in Zielona Góra” – informed the General Command of the Armed Forces in social media. “Military firefighters are already on site,” it added.
Three points of evacuation of residents have been designated
The president of the municipal MZK in Zielona Góra, Robert Karwacki, in an interview with TVN24, said that “at the moment there are five buses available”. “We have another five on standby at the depot,” he added.
He informed that three points of evacuation of residents have been designated. – There are three schools. As soon as there is such a signal, we will drive up, pick up people and transport them to these points – he announced.
He stressed that evacuees should take only the necessary things with them. – A person prepared for evacuation should go to the assembly point, from which we will pick him up and take him to the evacuation point – he instructed. He added that it is located at the bus terminus. He added that the buses are specially marked – they have the inscription “evacuation”.
Government Security Center Alert
Earlier on Saturday, the Government Security Center sent an alert to the inhabitants of Zielona Góra and the surrounding area in connection with a fire in the hall where dangerous substances were stored.
“RCB alert in Zielona Góra. Attention, dangerous substances are burning in the town of Przylep (July 22). Be careful, do not approach the fire site. If you can stay at home, close the windows,” RCB wrote on Twitter. The message was also sent to the inhabitants of the threatened areas.
Then, in another communiqué, RCB extended the warning sent in connection with hazardous substances in the air emitted from the burning hall to neighboring counties. The inhabitants of the districts of Zielona Góra, Świebodzin, Krosno, Żary, Żagań, Nowosol and Wschowa received an SMS with an alert.
“Attention! Hazardous substances are burning in the town of Przylep (July 22). SMS warnings have also been launched in the following districts: Zielona Góra, Świebodzin, Krosno, Żary, Żagań, Nowosolski and Wschowski,” the Government Security Center wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Earlier, the spokesman for the Lubuskie State Fire Service informed that the situation is still very dangerous and the fire in the hall is still developing. He added that the puffs of smoke seen near Zielona Góra probably contain dangerous chemicals. – That is why we appeal, we ask that the residents who are nearby enter the house, close their houses, and if it is possible – do not go outside – he appealed.
According to firefighters, there were about 5,000 cubic meters of stored material in the hall.
Main photo source: PAP/Lech Muszyński