A voracious fire, with flames several meters high and dense columns of smoke that can be seen from several kilometers away, consumed plastic material stored in the Cabelma factory, located in the Buenos Aires town of General Pacheco, firefighters reported.
The incident began around 3 p.m. and is fought by about 20 fire crews from all neighboring districts, who must attack the flames from various sides as the fire spreads over a front of about 200 meters.
José Cornejo, head of the General Pacheco fire station, told Télam that “this fire is very violent and until now we have not been able to contain it due to the combustible material that is inside the factory.”
“The smoke is slightly toxic, but we had several firefighters affected by heat stroke due to the high temperatures, who have already been transported by ambulances.”
He also indicated that “the main problem is that the fire does not spread to neighboring houses, since it is in a highly populated area. All the neighbors evacuated themselves, there is no danger of collapse or explosions yet.”
He also specified that the fire started in a disused warehouse and then took over the entire company, so the destruction is total “and indicated that an attempt is being made to attack the flames with hydraulic lifts on different fronts.
The residents evacuated themselves from the surroundings of the factory, located in Arévalos 3435, of General Pacheco, which is dedicated to the manufacture of plastic boxes for bottles and baskets, among other elements.
Neighbors alerted the Tigre Police about the burning of grasslands at one of the factory gates, which is considered as a hypothesis for the start of the fire.
Firefighters also evaluate whether the material that is burning and is on the walls can generate some type of collapse.