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Cargill Vegetable Oil Plant Fire in Rotterdam Still Burning

November 17, 2011

(Updates with Cargill comment in fourth paragraph.)

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- A fire at a Cargill Inc. vegetable oil plant in Rotterdam that started during construction work is still burning, according to the safety region, which encompasses the local fire brigade.

No injuries were reported as the building was empty at the time and the fire is “not a very big situation,” said Daniel Devos, a spokesman for the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region. The fire is near the top of the building, which is presenting a challenge for firefighters, he said today by phone.

“There was a small fire at the top of the factory that is very hard to reach for the fire department because it’s so high,” Devos said. “During construction work the fire started. What exactly happened we don’t yet know.”

Cargill said in a statement that production was not disrupted and the plant is operating normally. The fire started at 1:40 p.m. local time during “routine maintenance work on a piece of equipment used to produce vegetable oil,” according to the statement.

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