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Authorities trying to determine what sparked fire at Fairfield chemical plant

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a raging fire at a chemical plant in Fairfield that prompted an evacuation and orders to stay indoors.

The three-alarm blaze last night at the Ashland Distribution plant engulfed three truck tankers, sending thick black smoke into the air.

Besides the evacuation of area businesses within a quarter-mile of the plant, authorities also issued an emergency order for residents of about 2,500 nearby homes to stay indoors.

The order was lifted after firefighters were able to put the fire out around 9:00 last night.

The plant is operated by Kentucky-based Ashland Inc., an international company that distributes chemicals to the automotive, appliance and other industries.

A company spokesman says damage is expected to amount to “tens of thousands of dollars.”  From KMPH


June 5, 2008 - Posted by | trucking | , ,

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