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Reuters: Major fire at large gas terminal

Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:23pm GMT 

LONDON (Reuters) – Firefighters said on Thursday they were tackling a major fire at the Bacton gas terminal, but that the blaze appeared to be confined to the terminal itself.

“We have a very large scale incident ongoing at the moment at the Bacton Gas Shell UK Ltd site … on the Norfolk coast,” a spokeswoman for Norfolk fire brigade said.

She said there were 10 fire engines tackling the blaze which broke out shortly before 6 p.m..

She said the fire was in the water treatment plant and that there was no immediate evidence of any chemicals being involved.

There was no information on any injuries or on the possible cause of the fire.

The Bacton terminal is one of the major terminals bringing North Sea gas ashore and is connected to the Interconnector pipeline. It is one of the largest gas terminal complexes in Britain.

(Reporting by Jeremy Lovell; editing by William Hardy

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