All Clear after KY Chem Plant Fire

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 05:10 PM gHale

A fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Chemical Plant in Murray, KY. 

The call came in at 3 p.m. and emergency dispatch confirmed the fire has been extinguished. 

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No dangerous chemicals released during the fire, said Calloway Fire and Rescue Station 3 Captain Andy Harrell.

He said Vanderbilt has response units at their facility, but had to call in help.

“They have equipment and they have firefighters, so they were already on it,” Harrell said. “It was a pretty good sized fire at first, and possibly an alcohol-based fire from what we’ve been told.” 

Calloway County EMS said there were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

In July Vanderbilt Chemicals said it would invest $13.7 million to increase the output of the Murray production plant. The facility produces additive compounds for numerous industries.

The facility provides dried, purified and finished smectite and bentonite clay used in pharmaceutical, personal care, agri-science, ceramics, household items and other products.

Vanderbilt’s expansion in West Kentucky includes the addition of a new spray drying system and a new building to house this equipment. Company executives expect to complete the project in early 2019. Currently, the company employs 97 people at the Murray facility.

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