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A fire broke out at a large industrial unit (100m x 30m) close to the Handelshof cash-and-carry store in Hamburg-Harburg. The unit had been used to store rubber which melted in the heat and flowed into the sewer system partially blocking it. REMONDIS Industrie Service arrived at the scene immediately to collect and remove the approx. 300 cubic metres of water used to put out the fire and introduced emergency measures to prevent flooding. We were also commissioned with the task of dismantling the building afterwards.
With the rubber adhering to the pipes, the capacity of the sewer system was considerably restricted. To prevent the grounds from flooding when there was heavy rainfall – which would have meant the Handelshof cash-and-carry store having to close – REMONDIS immediately set up a watertight container in the hall that could hold up to 33 cubic metres of liquid. As a result the wastewater could be collected safely. We then travelled regularly to the hall to empty the container and take the water for professional treatment. Our team went to the site several times a day, depending on how heavy the rainfall was.
Once the cause of the fire had been established, REMONDIS Industrie Service collected and transported away all the types of waste that had been generated by the dismantling of the fire-damaged unit and by the work carried out to clean the sewer system – a total of 1,700t in 6 weeks.
The individual challenges we faced included:
Protective clothing and some of the fire fighting equipment were also taken by REMONDIS Industrie Service for safe processing.
Even though the firefighters were able to prevent the fire spreading to neighbouring businesses, the fire caused huge damage. Around 1,000 tonnes of waste were transported to Lübeck where they were processed in accordance with all regulations