Circuit Fault Caused PA Chem Plant Fire

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 @ 01:06 PM gHale

An electrical circuit malfunction likely caused a massive manufacturing plant fire that burned for more than 12 hours at a central Pennsylvania chemical company.

Miller Chemical and Fertilizer also said it installed a large above-ground tank to contain runoff and prevent water from entering Slagle Run and Conewago Creek.

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Last week, officials said they found thousands of dead fish over a 10- to 15-mile span of the creek after the June 8 fire in Conewago, Adams County, PA.

State environmental officials are monitoring Conewago Creek for contaminants. Miller Chemical said the creek’s oxygen levels have improved.

Miller Chemical manufactures nonhazardous crop protection and nutritional agrochemicals. No one suffered an injury in the fire. The state fire marshal is still investigating.