Chemical Leak Starts KY Plant Fire

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 04:01 PM gHale

A leaking container of nitric acid resulted in a fire at the Avantor Performance Materials, Inc. plant in Paris, KY.

Plant workers believe the fire started when the leaking nitric acid container ignited the corrugated case they stored it in Sunday morning.

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Workers said the on-site sprinkler system extinguished the fire and contained it to the warehouse area. They say there is no risk to the community and there were no injuries in the fire.

Paris and Bourbon County fire crews worked for about eight hours cleaning up.

Workers continue their investigation into what caused the fire. Nitric acid is just one of many potentially dangerous chemicals held at the plant which is why company officials said they are putting appropriate safeguards in place to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

The Avantor Plant produces, packages and distributes high-purity solvents, acids, salts and bonded phase products. The 310,000 square foot manufacturing plant came online in 1978 and has 245 employees.

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