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Toxic cloud sickens 100 people near Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO: A fire at a warehouse where various compounds were being stored created a noxious cloud that sickened some 100 people outside Sao Paulo, officials said on Friday.

The fire occurred at a storage facility in the Brazilian coastal town of Guaruja, some 86 kilometers (54 miles) from Sao Paulo.

An area company, Localfrio, had been storing chemicals used to disinfect swimming pools at the facility.

Several explosions could be heard as flames from the blaze came into contact with the chemicals, releasing the noxious fumes.

A number of families have been ordered to temporarily evacuate the area, officials said.

Nearby residents were treated at local health centers for skin irritations, nausea and other complaints, according to officials, who said at this point that the fire is “almost extinguished.”

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