Tank Explodes at OH Plant

Monday, December 28, 2015 @ 11:12 AM gHale

Over 20 fire trucks rushed to the scene of a blaze in Newark, OH, Dec. 21 at the Arboris LLC manufacturing plant.

The fire broke out at 1:38 p.m. at 1780 Tamarack Road. A pressurized tank containing hexane and ethanol exploded. The plant’s fire suppression system kicked in, giving workers time to evacuate.

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One person ended up taken to Licking Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries. Four other people suffered minor injuries, but did not go to the hospital.

According to the company’s website, Arboris is a manufacturer of plant sterols, a food additive derived from pine trees.

The fire department cleared the scene just after 5 p.m. Newark Fire Chief Patrick Connor said safety was always the top priority and said his team had to make sure they knew what they would be facing.

“This specific company deals with a lot of different chemical and makes a lot of different things,” he said, “So sometimes, the chemicals that they have on site … we don’t know exactly what they are all the time. So it makes it tough for us to get here, determine what chemicals are involved, what the dangers are, get people evacuated and move forward safely.”

The exact cause of the explosion was not immediately available.