The fire of a private waste recycling center located in Saint-Chamas, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, should be definitively extinguished in a few days and the health situation is “for the moment stabilized”, announced Wednesday the prefecture in a press release.
“The completion of the building deconstruction operations, allowing the final extinguishing of the fire to be devoted, has been postponed by a few days,” she said.
Final extinguishing operations begin this Thursday
“A large part of the building is nevertheless already demolished and accessible and will be drowned”, according to the same source, which specifies that “the final extinguishing operations (flooding operations)” will be initiated this Thursday.
Many residents have said they have been inconvenienced by the release of smoke since the start of the fire, which broke out on December 26. At the height of the fire, pollution reached 800 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter of air at certain times of the day, levels comparable to those experienced by Beijing during peak pollution.
“Public health France reports a drop in the number of reports issued by residents and an absence of significant returns from city medicine and emergency services since the start of the fire,” noted the prefecture in its communicated.