Minor Injury in PA Petroleum Plant Fire

Monday, April 4, 2016 @ 03:04 PM gHale


There was a fire and explosion at a Butler County, PA, petroleum processing plant Thursday.

The fire at the Sonneborn Corp. plant in Petrolia, PA, was under control in about an hour. One worker suffered an injury but refused treatment at a hospital. No chemicals released or spilled during the incident.

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Butler County 911 dispatchers said they got the call shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The plant about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh makes waxes and other products including petrolatum, used in baby oil and petroleum jellies.

The company says the fire occurred in the hydrotreating unit of the plant. That section remains shut down the day after the fire, but the rest of the plant was operating normally.

The company has operated the plant since 1903.