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Chemical Safety Incidents
Injuries in OH Cargill Plant Fire
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 02:08 PM gHale
Animal feed ignited inside piping that transported product from building to building at the Cargill plant in Lewisburg, OH, leaving multiple firefighters injured Monday.
The fire ended up contained to the piping only, and did not spread into neighboring buildings.
Multiple firefighters ended up transported to local hospitals for treatment of “heat-related problems” after the fire broke out.
“We were fortunate that we got it stopped before it extended into another building,” said Lewisburg Fire Chief Bob Sewert.
Crews got the call to the facility at 1:45 a.m. and encountered heavy smoke conditions, Sewert said.
Firefighters encountered intense heat and cut several holes in the piping and ceiling to release the heat and prevent a possible explosion.
Sewert said emergency workers transported the firefighters to area hospitals for treatment of ‘heat-related problems’ but injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. All workers safely evacuated the building before firefighters arrived.
The cause of the blaze is unknown and is undergoing assessment by Cargill workers.
“The company said after making an initial assessment of what occurred here, they expected it to be a lot worse than what it was,” Sewert said.