Inside an upper-tier SEVESO-rated facility for storing over-nitrated fertilisers, fire broke out around 5:30 am on a 21-tonne external storage cell containing pallets of plastic film rolls. Flames spread to the roof of a building housing seeds and corn; in falling onto bags of products, incandescent roof debris extended the fire inside the building. The structure’s metal posts twisted from the heat, causing thick black smoke. Notified by passers-by, fire-fighters deployed major resources in bringing the blaze under control after an hour-long battle. During the emergency intervention, gendarmes placed a safety perimeter around the site, while stopping traffic on the adjacent ring road. Property damage was estimated at 455,000, including 250,000 for building repairs. Though the site was entirely enclosed by a 2.4-m high grating, this accident may have been due to malicious intent, according to initial police investigation findings.