Worker Hurt in MA Chem Plant Blaze

Monday, April 18, 2016 @ 02:04 PM gHale


One worker suffered facial burns in a two-alarm blaze at a chemical plant Thursday afternoon in Norfolk, MA, fire officials said.

Firefighters and a HazMat team responded to Camger Chemical Systems on Main Street shortly after 1:30 p.m. to find smoke billowing from the single-story brick section of the facility, where there is a mixing room of flammable solutions, Norfolk Fire Department officials said.

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Fire officials describe the structure as an “old mill-type construction building.” The company uses the facility to manufacture products including adhesives, sealants, and lacquers, officials said. Flammable and combustible liquids end up used at the chemical plant to make those products, fire officials said.

In the mixing room, firefighters found the injured employee, who had been involved in mixing the solution where the fire originated, officials said.

The male worker, who officials would not identify, ended up rushed via MedFlight helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, said Norfolk Fire Chief Coleman Bushnell.

Norfolk Fire, assisted by departments from Franklin, Wrentham, Foxborough, Walpole, Millis, Plainville, and Medway, were able to get the blaze under control shortly after 2 p.m., fire officials said.