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2014-01-08 / News

FIRE & EMS WATCH

Jim McConnell

Fire at chemical plant injures employee

An employee of a local chemical plant suffered a minor burn last week from a flash fire that started while he was mixing solvents.

Crews from Chesterfield Fire and EMS were dispatched to the Sun Chemical Corp. plant in the 16000 block of Continental Boulevard at 7:39 p.m. on Jan. 2 for a fire-alarm activation. Responding firefighters were notified by plant employees that there had been a fire in the plant.

A plant supervisor told firefighters that an employee had been mixing solvents in a 55-gallon drum when a static charge ignited a flash fire, said Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire and EMS.

The fire burned equipment in the area around the drum and a nearby wall. It also activated the plant’s sprinkler system, which extinguished the fire.

The injured employee was treated on scene, Elmore said.

2013 ends on sour note for two county residents

Two occupants of an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Marina Drive were displaced by a New Year’s Eve fire.

No smoke or fire was showing from the front of the two-story building when county fire crews arrived on scene at 9:18 a.m. Firefighters walked around to the rear of the building and observed light-brown smoke pouring out of a second-floor bedroom window.

Firefighters located the fire in a utility closet. The fire was contained to the room of origin and quickly extinguished.

The two displaced residents are being assisted by apartment management, Elmore noted.

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