Massive Conveyor Belt Fire Damages Fertilizer Plant

October 9, 2018

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Massive Conveyor Belt Fire Damages Fertilizer Plant
The Ravensdown fertilizer plant in Christchurch, New Zealand. Image courtesy of Google Maps

About 40 firefighters responded to a massive conveyor belt fire at a fertilizer plant in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday morning, local news organizations reported. Burning equipment generated a large plume of black smoke that was observed throughout the area.

The facility’s intake area was “badly damaged” during the blaze, though other assets were not impacted, the plant’s owner, Ravensdown, said in a statement. A company spokesperson told news website Stuff.co.nz that costs for repairs will be “many millions."

“The fire started at the eastern end of our storage store, but it’s too early to know the cause. We will be working closely with an investigation team to identify the cause,” the chief executive officer of Ravensdown, Greg Campbell, said in the company’s statement.

All staff present at the site were marked as safe. Officials said that no toxic chemicals were involved in the incident.

“The black smoke which could be seen across most of the city was from rubber in a conveyor belt,” Assistant Area Commander for Christchurch Metro Steve Kennedy said in a report by the Christchurch Star

The Ravensdown facility in Christchurch has been operational since 1922. 

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