But although the flames are now out, there now hangs over Rouen what authorities describe as an “unpleasant odour”.
The préfecture of Seine-Maritime said on Friday morning: “Following the fire that broke out within the Lubrizol factory, the firefighting operation generated a characteristic smell. During this phenomenon, the emergency services received a significant number of calls.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning. Photo: AFP/Jocelyn Moras
No injuries were reported in the blaze, which sent acrid black smoke billowing over some 22 kilometres.
Emergency services have received dozens of calls from people concerned about the smell. Photo: AFP
A total of 240 firefighters battled the flames for over 24 hours before bringing it under control.
“The fire is out… we are keeping manpower at the site to continue the cooling of all drums,” Chris Chislard, a spokesman for the regional fire
For the people of Rouen, now the clean-up operation begins as large parts of the town are blanketed in soot and ash.
Local authorities have advised people to