NC Chemical Plant Blast Forces Evac

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 03:06 PM gHale


An explosion at a Bladen County, NC, chemical plant Monday morning started a fire in a sulfur machine, fire officials said.

The fire ended up reported around 9:30 a.m. at Tiger Product’s chemical plant, located in the 4200 block of US 701 in Elizabethtown, NC, said Bradley Kinlaw, emergency services director for Bladen County.

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Officials on scene said the fire started in a sulfur machine at the plant following an explosion. Crews contained the fire but it kept burning.

Kinlaw said crews had a difficult time accessing the machine’s piping to completely extinguish the fire.

A HazMat crew also ended up called to the scene because of the smoldering sulfur in the machine and its piping.

The fire was finally extinguished and crews cleared the scene around 5 p.m.

Kinlaw said the call for evacuations went out for homes a quarter mile downwind from the plant when the fire started, but those evacuations lifted around 1:15 p.m.

There were no injuries in the incident. One person went to the hospital, but they refused treatment once they arrived.