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Phenol Fire Closes Channel Tunnel

5:24 AM MDT | September 12, 2008 |

Alex Scott

About 300 firefighters from France and the U.K. this morning extinguished a chemical truck fire that had been burning for 16 hours deep inside the 31-mile Channel Tunnel. The undersea tunnel connects Calais, France with Folkestone, U.K. The fire occurred at a point seven miles from Calais. A truck full of phenol is understood to have been the source of the fire. The truck, which was on a freight train bound for the U.K., overturned and caught fire, France’s interior ministry says.   At CW’s press time, the shipper and producer of the phenol had...

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