UPDATE: Emergency Crews Respond to Fire at Chemical Plant; Plant Releases Statement

By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email

UPDATE 4/28/14 @ 8:30 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Haverhill Chemicals released the following statement Monday evening about the fire at its plant in Scioto County during the weekend:

A preliminary assessment of the fire at Haverhill Chemicals indicates a phenol pump and bearings failed. The bearing failure caused the seals on the pump to release a small amount of phenol. The heat caused by the bearing failure resulted in the isolated fire, which was quickly extinguished by the on-site emergency response team.

There were no injuries. There was no impact offsite.

The Green Township and Porter Township fire departments responded to the site and remained on standby, but the fire was extinguished when they arrived. We appreciate their swift response.

The proper local, state and federal agencies were notified of the event soon after the incident. These include the National Emergency Response Center, the Ohio Emergency Response Center and the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency.

At this time, the root cause of the incident is still under investigation. We are committed to the safety of our employees and our community.



UPDATE 4/28/14 @ 5:36 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Neighbors are curious about a fire at the Haverhill Chemical Plant in Scioto County.

No one was injured, and little is known about what caused it.

Several fire crews rushed to put out the flames Sunday night.

This is the second reported incident at the plant this month.

The fire comes just a few weeks after an employee died from injuries after a separate incident.

Neighbors said this fire, though, caught their attention.

Sharon Hallam lives just up the road from the Haverhill Chemical Plant.

"I don't know if it's something that I should be concerned or anything," Hallam said.

The plant was the scene of a roaring fire Sunday night.

Photos and videos of the flames were sent in to WSAZ.com.

It's not the first time Hallam has heard the sirens and seen flashing lights.

But she said it's odd there's been another accident at the plant in such a short amount of time.

"There was one when we first moved here 14 years ago, and things have been quiet," Hallam said.

Just a few weeks ago, an employee at the plant died from injuries while helping fix a broken pipe. That death sits with neighbors like Hallam, who don't want the same to happen to someone else.

"I hate it for the people involved," Hallam said.

But she isn't worried about her safety. She said she's seen the plant practice safety drills over the years. "Seems like they're trying to encourage their people to keep safety issues in mind."

WSAZ.com reached out to Haverhill Chemicals for comment about the two incidents. They did not return our calls. But in a statement Sunday night, officials said employee safety was a priority.

Despite the recent problems at the plant, neighbors we talked to said they feel safe and have no plans to move.

There's still no word on the cause of the fire.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 4/27/14 @ 10:45 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The fire at the Haverhill Chemical Plant has been put out.

Haverhill Chemical Officials tell WSAZ.com the fire started shortly after 8 p.m. but the emergency response team was able to respond quickly and extinguish it.

There are no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/27/14 @ 9:15 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Crews are responding to a fire reported at Haverhill Chemical Plant.

911 dispatchers say there is no further information beyond that, but several witnesses have contacted WSAZ saying smoke can be seen from a distance.

WSAZ has a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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