Saturday , July 20 2024
Home / News / Society / Very Mix / Civil Protection urges citizens to shut windows, doors due to toxic smoke in NW Athens

Civil Protection urges citizens to shut windows, doors due to toxic smoke in NW Athens

A thick, black toxic smoke has covered parts of the sky in north-western Athens after a fire in a plastics recycling plant broke out on Saturday morning. The plant is located in the suburb of Metamorfosi.

With text messages oin mobile phones, the Civil Protection advised residents of Metamorfosi and neighboring suburbs in north-western Athens to shut windows and doors and avoid unnecessary movement. Reason for the messages sent early Saturday afternoon is the thick black toxic smoke from the large fire in a plastics recycling plant. The messages urged further those filling ill to immediately get in contact with doctors.

The fire broke out around 8 o’ clock in the morning and has not be taken under control yet.

Dozens of firefighters and aerial means are operating in the blaze area, however, strong winds do not facilitate their work. So far, they have been unable to enter the plant as the fire had caused static problems.

There are no reports about injuries or fatalities.

Short after 3 pm, authorities partially reopened the Athens-Lamia national highway to traffic which they had closed earlier due to the smoke.

The wind has brought the smoke to the south, down to the center of Athens.

The atmosphere in the suburbs on the smoke course is suffocating.

Check Also

283 migrants on a fishing boat rescued by Greek Coastguard of Gavdos (video)

283 migrants on a fishing boat have been rescued by the Greek Coastguard on Sunday, …