Firefighters battle chemical leak at Hadera factory

Firefighters battle chemical leak at Hadera factory

Emergency services tackle hazardous materials incident at paper manufacturing plant lest it go up in flames

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Emergency services considered evacuating a paper manufacturing plant in the northern town of Hadera on Wednesday after a hazardous material leak posed a threat to workers.

Six firefighting crews were scrambled to the factory to deal with the chemical leak, Walla news reported. The material reportedly poses a risk of combustion when coming into contact with water or air.

The incident came the day after heavy rains flooded the city. The navy helped rescue some desperate residents as water drowned streets and poured into electric company sub-station, cutting off power to many neighborhoods.

On Wednesday morning, more than 2,500 homes were still without power.

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