Looking for Clues in MT Chem Fire

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 05:04 PM gHale


A fire is under investigation at Helena Chemical in Laurel, Montana, a company that supplies chemicals to the agriculture industry.

Firefighters first got the call 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Capt. JW Hopper with the Laurel Fire Department.

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When firefighters arrived there were flames and heavy smoke inside the business’s cinder block building, said Chief Brent Peters, of Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to knock out the flames inside of the business located at 10 S. 5th Ave.

Hopper said the fire started inside of the building and they were dealing with heavy smoke and flames when they first arrived. 

The building was a storage facility for herbicides and pesticides, Peters said. The chemicals presented concerns due to their acidic and alkaline nature.

The building was not occupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries in the incident. No cause had been determined as of Wednesday morning.



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