Chemical Fires Hit Plants in MI, PA

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 01:08 PM gHale


One man suffered chemical burns and another ended up treated at a hospital in Pennsylvania, while another incident in Michigan forced a plant evacuation after separate chemical fires broke out.

In the Pennsylvania incident, a man suffered chemical burns over 60 percent of his body after a chemical fire inside a colorant company’s facility caused a hazmat situation in Montgomery County Thursday night.

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Fire crews responded to reports of a blaze at Penn Color Inc. on the 2800 block of Richmond Road, Hatfield, PA, around 9 p.m. The fire was under control at 9:32 p.m., according to officials.

Medics airlifted the man to Lehigh Valley Hospital. There was no word on his condition.

A second victim went to Lansdale Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Officials have yet to disclose what chemical burned in the blaze, but the building contains potentially hazardous products, according to reports. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal is investigating the fire’s cause.

Doylestown-based Penn Color has multiple facilities along the East Coast, as well as in Europe and India, according to its website.

Meanwhile, investigators said a piece of machinery is to blame for an overnight fire Friday at a lakeshore business in Holland, MI.

It happened on Brooks Avenue near 40th Street in Holland. Crews received the call to the Uniform Color Company around 1:30 a.m. Friday after a security guard noticed flames in the complex’s ventilation system. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke in the building, forcing workers to evacuate.

Investigators believe process equipment caused material in the duct work to catch fire. Crews contained the flames to the ventilation system.

The fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. No one suffered an injury in the incident.

Uniform Color manufactures custom color and additives for the thermoplastics industry and is a supplier for the automotive, furniture, appliance, cosmetics and housewares industries, according to the company’s website.



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