Corrected: Investigations begin into cause of El Dorado fertilizer fire

31 July 2009 12:24  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined “Investigations begin into cause of El Dorado fertilizer fire” dated 31 July 2009, please read in the second paragraph … with smoke extending about 60 miles … instead of … and extended about 60 miles …. A corrected story follows.

LONDON (ICIS news)--Safety teams along with local, state and federal officials are investigating the cause of a fire at an El Dorado Chemical plant at Bryan, Texas, that involved ammonium nitrate, the company said on Friday.

Local media have reported that the fire, which broke out around noon local time (17:00 hours GMT) on 30 July with smoke extending about 60 miles, was nearly out and that 34 people have been treated for smoke inhalation and other ailments.

“In addition to dispatching our safety team to assist and conducting our own comprehensive internal review, we will also work with local, state and federal officials to support them in every way we can as they conduct their investigations,” El Dorado said in a statement released late on Thursday.

“While we are thankful no injuries have been reported, we deeply regret the enormous inconvenience this incident has caused residents and businesses in Bryan and College Station as well as other nearby communities,” it added.

The fire led to the evacuation of most of the town's 70,000 residents and the closure of businesses and a university campus.

The plant, which produces fertilizer and other agricultural products, is located about three-fourths of a mile west of Bryan, which is about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

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By: Lucy Craymer
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