01 April 2010 16:21 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Two workers were injured after a liquid solvent caught fire in a purification column at a Kraton Polymers plant in Belpre, Ohio, press reports said on Thursday.
The fire occurred at 4:15 hours Ohio time on Wednesday (9:15 hours GMT) and was extinguished by the plant’s fire crew, the reports said.
The employees were taken to a local hospital but released later that day, according to the reports. The incident was contained inside the Kraton facility and did not impact the surrounding area, a company spokesman told local news media.
Agencies including the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Coast Guard were notified, and an investigation was underway to determine the fire’s cause, the reports said. Damage assessments have yet to be made and the plant’s operating status was unknown.
The plant makes a styrenic block copolymer used in products such as adhesives and roofing materials, according to the reports.
A Kraton spokesman did not immediately respond to a call for further comment.
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