Chemical Fire Reignites in Tulsa

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 06:04 PM gHale

Firefighters returned to an east Tulsa, OK, chemical business Thursday morning after a blaze that damaged the building Wednesday night reignited.

Fire crews arrived about 2:30 a.m. at Sabre Chem Inc., to put out several hot spots that flared inside the structure, said Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May.

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May said it is likely chemicals inside the business that contributed to the continuation of hot spots.

No injuries ended up reported early Thursday, even though the building’s roof collapsed while crews were on the scene, he said.

The owner of the chemical business said Thursday he knows what sparked the blaze.

“I know exactly what caused it,” owner Scott Bever said of the fire that started about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday. “It was a static charge that sparked it.”

Bever said the charge quickly ignited nearby industrial materials and fluids.

“It’s cool, low humidity in there,” he said. “I don’t know why it happened.”

An official cause of the fire, which led to several explosions at the business, is still under investigation, May said.

Bever said he was pouring gasoline into a can when it sparked, creating the fire — a plausible occurrence, May said.

Sabre Chem has been in business for 35 years, 20 of which were at the east Tulsa location that burned.

Bever dealt mostly in lubricating oils for everything from race cars to maintenance chemicals for oil fields.

About 75 firefighters battled the first blaze, fire officials said. Several explosions ended up reported around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The fire ended up quickly contained and all employees accounted for.

Officials say one person suffered minor injuries but refused to go to the hospital.

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