A fire breaks out at the Carrefour logistics center in Taoyuan

A fire broke out early yesterday at Carrefour’s logistics center in Taoyuan, but no one was injured, city firefighters said.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor of the two-story warehouse in Yangmei District (楊梅), and firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after receiving the report of the fire at 7:33 a.m., the official said. department.

An initial assessment said no one was trapped in the Yangmei logistics distribution center, and at press time last night the fire had been brought under control, but not completely extinguished, he added.

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Carrefour said in a statement that all staff at the Meishi Road logistics center were evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported.

Operations at its hypermarkets across the country remained normal, the French retailer said, adding that an investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing.

Taoyuan’s environmental protection department said in a statement that it would fine Carrefour NT$100,000 to 5 million (US$3,505 to 175,254) for environmental pollution because the thick black smoke from the fire generated pollutants that affected surrounding air quality. areas.

The environment department said it was informed by Xinyi Ward (信義) Jhongli District (中壢) Director Chiu Jen-te (邱仁德) that local residents had complained about stale air and grime resulting from the fire.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said all warehouses in the city would be inspected to improve fire prevention.

The Carrefour logistics center is the second warehouse in Taoyuan this month to catch fire. A fire broke out at a similar facility in Lujhu (路竹) district late Thursday evening last week.

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