Tuesday, 16th May 2017, Velenje, Slovenia
Fire in Kemis Extinguished
In the industrial premises of the Gorenje affiliated company Kemis, d.o.o., which is also location for storage of hazardous waste, fire spread on 15 May 2017 at around 8 p.m. The waste which is stored at the location and intended for further processing is categorized as hazardous waste, mainly fuels, waste oil, solvents and medicinal products. The fire, which has been extinguished during the night with great efforts of the firemen, has destroyed part of the business premises and the warehouse for storage of low hazardous solid and liquid waste.
The warehouse was built in 2009 in compliance with requirements defined in most strict standards related to management of hazardous wastes. The company has all the required permits for operation. The cause of fire is yet to be determined during the investigation, while we have already contacted our insurance house to launch the procedures for damage estimation. As until now, there has been no significant effect on the environment.
During fire fighting two of the firemen needed medical assistance, No other injuries have been reported. As a precautionary measure the fire fighters have temporarily evacuated residents from two houses in the direct neighbourhood of the fire location. A large number of fire fighters has been involved, but also members of Civil Protection Unit, medical teams and other institutions, and to all of them we extend our sincere thanks for professional and dedicated involvement in mitigating the effects of the accident.