Fire at Lithuanian hazardous waste site caused no environmental damage – official

  • 2023-08-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – No environmental damage was caused when metal containers at Toksika's site in the district of Siauliai caught fire on Sunday evening, Arunas Dirvinskas, the state-controlled hazardous waste management company's director general, said on Monday. 

"It was probably solvents with paint or something. And that gave the reaction that caused the smoke," Dirvinskas told BNS. 

"There was no threat to people or the environment. Especially since the water leaked into our storage tanks, which we will pump out and clean up," he said. 

Siauliai city and district fire brigades were rushed to the scene after the fire was reported to the Emergency Response Centre at around 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

The fire was localized at around 10 p.m., according to the Fire Protection and Rescue Department. 

The village of Jurgeliskes, in the district of Siauliai, is the site of Toksika's hazardous waste landfill.

The company said in a statement on Monday that nobody had been injured during the incident and that there was no risk to people living in the surrounding area. 

"The cause of the accident is being investigated," it said.