Massive fire breaks out at tyre dump near Madrid

2016-05-13 16:11
Smoke billows from a fire at a tyre factory near Madrid, Spain. (Paul White, AP)

Smoke billows from a fire at a tyre factory near Madrid, Spain. (Paul White, AP)

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Madrid - A massive fire broke out on Friday at a sprawling tyre dump in a town near Madrid, sending a spectacular cloud of thick black smoke into the air that was visible for at least 30km. 

Ten teams of firefighters were sent to try to put out the blaze in Sesena, but it was still raging more than 10 hours after it started.

Authorities suspect someone intentionally started the fire before dawn at the tyre dump, thought to be Europe's largest, Sesena Mayor Carlos Velazquez said in an interview on Cadena Ser radio.

Residents in several parts of Sesena were ordered to stay indoors and shut their windows, he said.

Police said classes at one school were cancelled and authorities urged drivers travelling nearby to keep their windows closed. Two major highways pass by close to Sesena.

Spain's leading El Pais newspaper reported that the dump holds 110 000 tons of used vehicle tyres.

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