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Body found after Ibaraki Pref. waste oil processing plant fire

INASHIKI, Ibaraki -- A body was found after a fire at a waste oil processing plant here on March 17, local authorities said.

A male employee in his 40s remains unaccounted for, and the Inashiki Police Station is trying to identify the body. Two other employees sustained light burns.

An emergency call was made at around noon on March 17 reporting that a fire had broken out at the Sanwayuka Industry Corp. plant in the city. The blaze was extinguished about 4 1/2 hours later.

According to the police station and other sources, workers were processing waste oil for recycling when the fire broke out. There were metal barrels containing toluene and other substances on the plant premises.

The city issued an evacuation order to 749 households near the plant, prompting employees and local residents to take shelter at an elementary school and other facilities.

The company's website states that the plant opened in November 2011. It serves as an interim processing facility for industrial waste, and also has manufacturing facilities.

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