Small Fire at Chemours WV Chem Plant

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 01:08 PM gHale

A fire broke out at the Chemours Belle, WV, plant Thursday after an engine overheated, creating some smoke and leaking a small amount of oil into the Kanawha River.

The incident happened early Thursday morning when a diesel engine overheated, according to a news release from the company.

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The company said as part of its emergency response practices, the incident was reported to Metro 911 as a fire due to smoke and a red-hot exhaust on the engine. There was no fire, however, to be extinguished.

An estimated one gallon of oil reached the river. The Belle Fire Department assisted in placing oil-absorbing booms.

The Chemours Belle Plant is approximately 8 miles east of Charleston, West Virginia. The 723-acre site is situated along the Kanawha River and has manufactured various specialty and agricultural products since 1926. 

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