UPDATE: Chemical Company Fire Keeps Crews Busy in Kanawha County

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UPDATE 6/12/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire at a chemical storage facility near Saint Albans kept fire officials busy Tuesday.

Emergency officials said a chemical reaction in one of the storage bins caused an explosion, setting the roof on fire.

It happened about 10:30 a.m. at Brenntag Chemical, a storage building filled with alcohol-based liquids. Emergency officials said workers could smell creosote and then a short time later heard the explosion.

"We think it's all connected that they had a reaction going at the time and it reacted and blew the lid off the vessel, and it actually damaged the roof and set the roof on fire," said C.W. Sigman, deputy director and fire coordinator with the Kanawha County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The sprinkler system activated, keeping the products cool so firefighters could focus their attention on the roof and getting the fire out. Emergency officials said there wasn't anything they could really do about the chemical reaction inside.

"There's nothing we can do to get inside that container and stop it," Sigman said. "We don't think it's going to go anywhere. It could blow up. It could blow the roof off the building for all we know, but we don't think it's a chemical hazard based upon the material there."

Firefighters were prepared because they have a very close relationship with the plant. They do training sessions on incidents like this so they knew exactly what to do when they arrived.

"The fire department was very familiar with the plant," Sigman said. "They were familiar with the people. They knew the products so they had a pretty good handle on it, and it worked very well. They didn't come here blind not knowing what to do. They knew what to do and where the sprinkler connections were."

No one was hurt.

The Department of Environmental Protection also was on scene checking the runoff and surrounding neighborhood to make sure nothing was contaminated. They said there was no immediate threat to the area.



UPDATE 6/12/12 @ 1 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are still on the scene of a fire at Breentag Chemical near St. Albans.

It started in a storage building filled with alcohol based liquids about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The company is located in the 300-block of First Street North.

Kanawha County Emergency Services Director, Dale Petry tells WSAZ.com, the fire is under control.

Petry says the liquid poses no threat to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Petry says crews are waiting to get into the building to see what has burned and what started the fire.

Dispatchers are asking people to avoid the area.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at Breentag Chemical near St. Albans.

Dispatchers say the fire started in a storage room about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Breentag Chemical is a chemical distribution company. It is located in the 300-block of First Street North.

Dispatchers are asking people to avoid the area.

No word on if anyone has been hurt.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.




 
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