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Inquiry begins into oil inferno.(Round-Up)

Experts conducting a probe into explosions last month at Buncefield oil depot have been tow by the government to publish the report as soon as possible.

A series of Masts destroyed the depot in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire leading to the evacuation of homes and major damage to nearby buildings.

Lord Newton of Braintree is chairing the inquiry at the depot. He is joined by Prof Dougal Drysdale, an authority in fire safety and Dr Peter Baxter, a medical expert. Bill Callaghan, Environment Agency and HSE staff are also be on the board.

Health and Safety Minister Anne McGuire said in a written statement: 'The Health and Safety Commission's decision to establish an investigation board highlights the severity of the incident and the degree of concern for people living so close to the Buncefield site and to the local business community. …

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