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Spain – Toxic Tyre Dump Forces Mass Evacuation

Spain Tyre FirePeople living near a “toxic cloud” from a burning tyre dump in Spain have been told to leave their homes.

Local officials ordered the evacuation of the Quinon de Sesena area, where 9,000 people live, saying human health may be at risk.

However, many residents have already left their homes and it is thought that just 1,000 people are still there.
Investigators believe the fire was started deliberately in the early hours of Friday morning.

Emergency services were called to the town of Sesena, 35 km (22 miles) south of Madrid, at 01:00 local time (23:00 GMT on Thursday).

They sent 10 teams of fire-fighters, who have battled the blaze all day.

Some schools stayed closed for the day. There are no reports of any injuries.

The Castillo La Mancha government said it is unlikely wind will disperse the smoke from the fire.

Drivers on roads nearby have been told to keep their car windows up as the smoke may damage their health.
Flight departures and arrivals at Madrid airport have not been affected.

In 2015 The Guardian newspaper reported that local government authorities were searching for a company to shred and recycle 90,000 tonnes (99,000 tons) of tyres that had been dumped there.

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