GA Chem Plant Blaze Losses Over $20M

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 10:06 AM gHale

Losses from the massive fire and explosions at a Marietta, GA, chemical company are $20.5 million, according to reports released by the Marietta fire department.

Employees were working at an Amrep chemical warehouse when fire broke out May 23, but safety systems kicked in and alerted them to the blaze and all escaped, officials said. One worker ended up hospitalized for smoke inhalation, but all others escaped injury.

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During an investigation after the fire, the company found leaks were coming from two large tanks at the site. Firefighters also found a pile of 50-gallon drums still smoldering.

As the fire burned, officials evacuated nearby businesses.

The fire started at 8:30 p.m. in the Amrep warehouse located in a small industrial park off Cobb Parkway in Marietta, GA about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta.

One witness said he saw flames shooting about 40 feet into the air and there were several large fireballs and a few explosions.

The company supplies a variety of automotive, janitorial and industrial products, according to its website.

The industrial park and the main road leading to it ended up shut down as firefighters worked to contain the blaze, and surrounding businesses evacuated as a precaution, dispatchers and police said.

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