15 Jan 2020

Blast and huge fire at Spanish chemical factory

10:21 am on 15 January 2020

At least one person has been killed and several injured after a blast at a factory in Spain's autonomous Catalonia region caused a huge fire.

Town and harbour of L'Ametlla de Mar, Baix Ebre, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. Also known as La Cala or The Bay, this is a fishing town and popular holiday destination. Picture by Manuel Cohen

The blast happened in the port city of Tarragona. Photo: AFP

The blast at the factory south of the port city of Tarragona was probably the result of a chemical accident, Catalonia's civil defence agency said.

It urged residents of Tarragona and a number of nearby towns to close windows and doors and stay indoors.

A building collapsed after Tuesday's incident in La Canonja municipality.

The explosion happened at 6.40pm local time, Efe news agency reports.

Dozens of firefighters with radiological and chemical equipment have been dispatched to the area to tackle the blaze.

The dead person was found in the collapsed building.

Two of the injured people had serious burns.