Spilled Oil Caused Chem Plant Blaze

Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 03:03 PM gHale

Oil falling on a gasket ignited causing a fire at a Cincinnati, OH, chemical plant Tuesday.

The fire broke out at 10:30 a.m. at Emery Oleochemicals in the 4900 block of Este Avenue. Emery Oleochemicals makes natural-based chemicals from oils and fats.

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Commanders said the call prompted a large response because of the amount of hydrogen and other chemicals stored at the plant.

The St. Bernard Fire Department said an alarm sounded when oil fell on a gasket and ignited.

The safety system worked as expected as the facility’s emergency shutoff system went into effect and cut off the flow of hydrogen to the building before venting the smoke and fumes.

Emergency crews said they inspected the building once the alarm was over to make sure everything was OK.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the spill blamed for the fire.

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