Results of chemical fire soot analysis due next week

The results on tests on the soot deposited in Dordrecht and surroundings following a massive fire at a chemical plant will be ready after the weekend, a spokesman for the local public safety council said on Friday.

‘The analysis is a very complicated process, which is why it is taking a while,’ the spokesman told the Telegraaf.
According to public health body RIVM, the smoke did contain benzene, a known carcinogen, the solvent toluene which is dangerous when inhaled and other hydrocarbons.
But the organisation said the chemicals were not released in quantities which should give cause for concern.
Nevertheless, dozens of people have reported burning sensations in their eyes and throat, the Telegraaf said earlier.

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