Firefighters extinguish a warehouse fire in Kędzierzyn-Koźle (Opole Voivodeship). The action will probably last until Friday morning. According to the services, about four hundred plastic containers with chemicals were stored in the building. The warehouse is under the microscope of investigators as part of an ongoing investigation at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice regarding a group that allegedly illegally stored hazardous waste in various parts of the country.
The situation in Kędzierzyn-Koźle, where a fire broke out at an illegal chemical waste dump at Chełmońskiego Street, is now under control. As reported on Thursday evening by Capt. Łukasz Nowak, spokesman for the State Fire Service Headquarters in Opole, some units are withdrawn from the scene.
28 professional and volunteer fire brigades worked on site, including chemical rescue units. No one was injured, and thanks to the strong wind that carried thick smoke to uninhabited areas, there was no threat to the health and life of the inhabitants of the city and surrounding villages.
As Capt. told PAP Łukasz Nowak, the situation on site is already under control.
– The fire inside the building is currently being extinguished. It will probably last until Friday morning. The situation is being assessed on an ongoing basis and subsequent teams of firefighters will be gradually withdrawn from the operation, he said on Thursday evening.
About four hundred plastic containers of chemicals were stored in the building.
The warehouse is under the microscope of the prosecutor’s office
The chemical landfill in Kędzierzyn-Koźle is the subject of an ongoing investigation at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice regarding a group that allegedly illegally stored hazardous waste in various parts of the country.
– This is one of the threads of a large investigation into illegal waste storage in various places. This particular landfill, at ul. Chełmoński in Kędzierzyn-Koźle, was organized between June and November 2020. In this thread, charges were brought against a total of 11 people – Katarzyna Żołna from the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice told PAP.
One of the suspects is Jacek B., who has been wanted on an arrest warrant since 2020. In September, he turned himself in to the Katowice prosecutor’s office. He was detained and then arrested after presenting over 30 charges of leading an organized criminal group, storing hazardous waste and therefore causing a direct threat to the health and life of many people and the environment, as well as fraud and misappropriation of property.
During interrogation at the prosecutor’s office, B. did not admit to committing the acts he was accused of and exercised his right to provide explanations.
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