Environmental Health & Safety / Fire/Explosion Protection

Investigation Continues Into Lubrizol France Fire

By Chemical Processing Staff

Oct 03, 2019

Lubrizol issues an update on the fire that broke out during the early morning of Sept. 26 at Lubrizol France, located on the river Seine in Rouen:

“The early morning of September 26, a fire impacted the drumming and warehousing assets of Lubrizol’s site in Rouen in the Normandy region of France. Since that time, employees across our global business have been urgently working with local authorities to ensure the safety of all involved. No one was injured in the incident.

Most importantly, we are part of the Rouen community, and we are doing everything we can to support Rouen and its residents. We are deeply saddened by the impact of the fire on the city and committed to collaborating with local authorities on ongoing environmental testing to ensure the safety of residents and the community. The local Prefecture implemented a PPI (Plan Particulier d’Intervention), which means all decisions and communication to the community are managed by the Prefecture and its technical councils. We have respected the PPI and have been involved as a main stakeholder. We thank the Prefecture for their leadership.

An investigation has been ongoing since Thursday. Video surveillance and eyewitness accounts indicate the fire was first observed and reported outside of the Lubrizol Rouen site, suggesting the fire originated outside of Lubrizol and unfortunately spread to our facility. We continue to support local law enforcement in the investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

We have approximately 30 Lubrizol employees currently working on our Rouen site to support the fire brigade, environmental testing, clean up and investigations. These employees also are beginning to prepare the site for a return to operations to enable our 420 Rouen employees to resume their work when it is safe and acceptable to do so. Preliminary evaluations indicate that outside of the drumming and warehousing area, the Rouen site sustained little to no damage. As we continue to assess the situation, some of our employees will also work out of our Le Havre, France, manufacturing site, where we continue to manufacture and ship product.

We understand the community has many questions. Local residents can seek more information from the prefect of Seine-Maritime here as it relates to regular updates.

We have been committed to Rouen and the surrounding community since we initiated operations there in 1954. We look forward to continued collaboration with the local authorities and the community as we work toward a return to normal and safe operations at the Rouen site.”

For more information, visit: www.lubrizol.com