One worker remains missing a week after Leamington Spa incident

A worker is still unaccounted for after a large fire and several explosions on 27 August severely damaged buildings at Leeson Polyurethanes plant in Leamington Spa, UK. As of 2 September, emergency services had not been able to access the site to investigate the cause or search for the missing man, as it is still unsafe.

People taking photos of a fire

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The fire spread soot and debris over a large area.

Local residents were temporarily evacuated but returned to their homes the following day once the fire was under control. Air monitoring suggested there was minimal hazard, although residents were warned that soot and debris could be irritants. Cleanup of soot and debris in the surrounding area by the local authorities is ongoing.