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Fire engulfs Sri Lanka chemical storage facility 

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Cyann Fielding

Journalist at Tank Storage Magazine.

A fire broke out in a chemical storage facility in the Homagama Industrial Zone (Katuwana, Sri Lanka) on 17 August.  

Seven fire trucks attended the scene, in an attempt to douse the flames at the chemical factory.  

A special team of Sri Lanka army personnel was also called to assist with managing the blaze.  

The Disaster Management Centre has advised the residents of Homagama to wear face masks to avoid smoke inhalation. Inhaling harmful smoke can inflame lungs and airways, causing them to swell and block oxygen. 

No casualties have been reported in the incident. 

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