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Buncefield blaze 'threatens jobs'
Aerial view of Buncefield blaze
The blaze that destroyed the oil depot could cost more jobs
Fallout from a major fire that destroyed part of an oil depot near Hemel Hempstead is continuing, with the claim that job losses are rising.

An explosion and fire at the Buncefield oil depot in Hertfordshire nine weeks ago has caused shortages of aviation fuel and heating oil.

A local council has now claimed a growing number of people are being laid off amid fears the rise will continue.

Dacorum Borough Council say up to 4,000 jobs could be threatened.

A rise in the number of post-traumatic stress cases has also been reported and this is said to be putting a strain on NHS counselling services.

The head of Dacorum Borough Council, Daniel Zammit, says the effect on jobs will become clear in the next few weeks.

"Most of the staff being laid off up to now are casual workers and sometimes these do not appear in official statistics until much later after an incident like Buncefield.

"We don't yet know the precise numbers but now we're seeing signs of these people presenting themselves as in need of support."



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