Blaze, blasts at Oklahoma chemical facility under investigation

20 September 2013 20:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Investigators have not yet determined the cause of a fire late Wednesday at a chemical plant in rural Oklahoma that was triggered by exploding drums of methanol and other chemicals, a fire official said on Friday.

“The explosions came from all the flammables on fire,” said Mike Galloway, Custer County emergency management director.

No one was injured, although a dozen people in the small town of Thomas were evacuated after fire broke out at the Danlin Chemicals facility there, which supplies chemicals for the oil and gas industry, Galloway said.

Much of the heat came from burning methanol, which Danlin bought to blend with other chemicals stored at the 13-acre (5-ha) site, Galloway said.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which broke out on the west side of the facility.

Galloway said the chemicals burned with no runoff.

By: Lane Kelley
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