Chemical Tank Lid Blows, Starts Fire

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 01:10 PM gHale

A chemical tank caught fire at a Newport, DE, industrial park where a fire 10 years ago sent several first responders to the hospital.

A separating chemical tank at the Air Liquide plant blew its top off, catching fire on October 3, said Minquas Fire Company Chief Joseph Dierolf.

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Before sending crews in, Dierolf asked employees if there were any chemicals of which to be aware. Firefighters responding to the blaze more than 10 years ago were hospitalized for chemical exposure.

Employees instructed the firefighters that water wouldn’t react with the chemicals, Dierolf said.

More than 50 firefighters from seven companies got the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.



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