HazMat Called to NY Chem Plant Fire

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 01:03 PM gHale

There was a two-alarm fire at a chemical plant on Grand Island, NY, Saturday.

“This was a chemical, industrial outfit that did mostly lab work, but they had hazardous materials on location,” said Ray Pauley, Grand Island Fire Company (GIFC) Public Information Officer.

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Firefighters got the call to a structure fire at the Islechem LLC plant, GIFC officials said.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was visible over the roof, said Fire Chief Chris Soluri. Firefighters found a major fire concentrated in three labs on the second floor, Soluri said.

Multiple agencies and HazMat crews ended up called in to assist with putting out the fires.

Officials do not believe any particles in the air from this fire could be a threat to the public as the wind was blowing smoke the fire away from residential areas.

The fire company says the fire was under control by 1:47 p.m. and they did not encounter hazardous chemicals.

A second alarm was issued for additional manpower to help relieve “exhausted” firefighters.

Three firefighters ended up treated on site for minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization.

Damages totaled about $250,000 to the building an another $250,000 to the contents, GIFC officials said.

GIFC and Erie County fire investigators say they have not yet found an exact cause that started the fire.

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