The early morning of September 26, a large fire broke out at Lubrizol’s factory in Rouen, France. A large number of firefighters tackled the fire, which is now brought fully under control. It is indicated that the fire impacted the drumming and warehousing assets of Lubrizol’s site in Rouen. The schools near the factory continue education, and travel restrictions previously in place have now been lifted. Environmental testing by local authorities indicate no findings of acute toxicity in the air, and no one was injured in the incident.
According to the statements by Lubrizol, the origin and cause of the fire remains unknown. An investigation has been ongoing since Thursday. Video surveillance and eyewitness accounts indicate the fire was first observed and reported outside of the Lubrizol Rouen site, suggesting the fire originated outside of Lubrizol and spread to the facility.
Approximately 30 Lubrizol employees are currently working on our Rouen site to support the fire brigade, environmental testing, clean up and investigations. These employees also are beginning to prepare the site for a return to operations to enable 420 Rouen employees to resume their work.
While the officials continue to assess the situation, Lubrizol indicates that they will continue to manufacture and ship products at Le Havre, France, manufacturing site.
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