(Merges two stories, adds details from Shell statement, police
LONDON/FRANKFURT Jan 9 A fire at a chemical
tank at Shell's 195,000 barrel per day Rheinland
refinery in Godorf, Cologne in Germany was put out at 1515 GMT
on Thursday, just over an hour after it started, the company
"The plant's and the external fire brigades and the police
are present and extinguished the fire," it said, adding that its
initial assessments found no sign that dangerous substances had
In an earlier statement, Shell said that a tank of toluene,
a solvent and a feedstock for the manufacture of other
petrochemicals, had caught fire.
Dark smoke hung over the plant, and local residents were
asked to close doors and windows and stay indoors.
A police spokesman said no one was injured.
An accident at the same site injured two people in
(Reporting by Julia Payne, Ron Bousso, Vera Eckert and Matthias
Inverardi; editing by David Evans and Jane Baird)