A fierce fire, set off by an explosion of natural gas, has been blazing out of control at Karlinko, near Koszalin in Poland.
GV Huge fire burning at Karlinko, Poland.
SV Firemen preparing hoses.
CU Reflection of fire on road.
GV AND LV Smoke billowing over countryside (2 SHOTS)
SV Mechanical digger making earth barricade to contain fire area.
GV PAN Stationary trucks parked with police vehicle on road.
SV Men standing around in road.
LV AND GV Fire raging and smoke billowing over area. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: A fierce fire, set off by an explosion of natural gas, has been blazing out of control at Karlinko, near Koszalin in Poland. Firemen said it was the most ferocious fire of its kind that they had ever encountered.
SYNOPSIS: The explosion occurred on Thursday (11 December) as a team of prospectors was drilling at a depth of more than 2,700 metres. After several seconds, fire ignited in the column of gas surging up to ground level. Polish television said the stream of gas was being pushed up by air pressure three times the normal level, and that the temperature of the fire was more than a thousand degrees Centigrade. (2120 degrees Fahrenheit). A large area of ground near the epicentre of the fire was scorched, and a nearby roadway damaged. Workers had to be evacuated from a number of farmhouses in the area.
Walls made of concrete, bricks and earth are being built as protective shields in case there are future explosions. Firemen said that all their efforts and those of the Army, to put out the fire by conventional means --appliances and chemicals--had so far been in vain. Experts were being brought in from overseas.