[IN VIDEO] Toxic fire forces evacuations in Hamburg

[IN VIDEO] Toxic fire forces evacuations in Hamburg


A major fire releasing toxic fumes broke out in the city of Hamburg in Germany on Sunday, forcing many evacuations.

A video circulating on social media shows the particularly powerful yellow-colored blaze, pushing smoke skyward.

“Gases and chemicals in the air caused by a warehouse fire can affect breathing. The cloud of smoke is heading downtown! said an alert from the Hamburg fire department.

Some 140 people have been evacuated, a police spokesman said, Reuters reports.

According to local news outlet NDR, local residents have been ordered to close their doors and windows.

“Hamburg's city center has gone completely black,” said a fire department spokesperson.

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

Germany's national rail company, Deutsche Bahn, said trains between Hamburg and the nearby town of Büchen have been suspended due to the incident.

Trains between Hamburg and Berlin also face delays of up to 90 minutes.

Firefighters reported a few hours later that they had successfully brought the blaze under control.