Chemical Fire at Sarasota Fertilizer Plant

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 03:09 PM gHale

A welding accident sparked a fire inside a chemical mixing machine at the Florikan fertilizer plant in Sarasota, FL, Sunday afternoon.

Maintenance supervisor Mike Cruz said he and two other workers were on duty and escaped without harm.

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Billows of smoke emitted from the building and limited visibility in the interior. Firefighters were able to get on the roof to open mechnical hatches to let more smoke out.

Sarasota County Interim Fire Chief Michael Regnier described the burning chemicals as “inert” but said hazardous materials units worked the scene as a precaution.

A chemical fire at the same plant in April 2009 also caused an evacuation and road closures in the industry park off Palmer Boulevard.

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