TN, SC Chem Plant Fires

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 12:08 PM gHale


Two plant fires at separate chemical facilities led to damages and shutdowns, and only minor injuries, officials said.

On Sunday night around 10 p.m. there was an explosion reported at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN, at one of the gates off of Lincoln Street.

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The explosion happened in one of Eastman’s research facilities, said Betty Payne, corporate communications director. She said windows and doors ended up blown out, but no one suffered serious injuries.

One employee went to Holston Valley Medical Center and released a short time later. Two other employees went to Eastman’s on-site medical facility and released to return to work.

Payne said there is no reason to believe the explosion will have an impact on human health, or the environment. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, there was a structure fire at the BP Chemical Company plant in Huger, SC, Tuesday.

The BP Incident Management Team and Emergency Response Team responded after a reported fire at 1:30 p.m. in the #1 Unit Compressor Building, officials said.

As a result, workers shut down the unit and isolated the compressor.

All employees are safe and accounted for, according to a release. The cause of the fire or the extent of the damage is still under investigation.



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