UT Chem Plant Fire Extinguished

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 02:05 PM gHale

There were no injuries in a two-alarm fire Monday at a chemical plant in Salt Lake City.

The fire started at the Brenntag Pacific building.

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The fire originated in an add-on structure, connected to the main building, fire officials said. This area primarily ends up used for the storage of empty plastic drums, which the company used to store various chemicals. Several drums, ranging in sizes from 55 to 500-gallon, ended up damaged during the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire extended into the building, activating suppression sprinklers. Fire crews had the fire under control within 20 minutes of arrival, and completely extinguished shortly thereafter, officials said.

All 15 employees who were at the business at the time of the fire had evacuated the building prior to the arrival of fire crews.

Do to residual amount of chemicals in the drums, the water used to fight the fire became contaminated prior to going down the drains. All of the drains on site are contained, and business owners will work with the Salt Lake County Health Department to properly remove the water.

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