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Chemical Mixing Tank Catches Fire at Ashland Plant

April 10, 2018

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Chemical Mixing Tank Catches Fire at Ashland Plant
The Ashland Performance Materials plant in Fort Smith, AR. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Firefighters responded to an Ashland Performance Materials plant  in Fort Smith, AR last Friday morning after a chemical reaction ignited a fire in a mixing tank.

Employees at the composites production site were evacuated after the fire was reported at about 9:15 a.m., Fort Smith, AR-based CBS News affiliate KFSM reported. The company said the incident occurred in the plant’s blending solutions area.

“An investigation is under way, but the fire appears to have started in a chemical blending tank. The fire was contained in the blending tank and was quickly extinguished with a solution of water and foam,” Ashland Performance Materials said in a statement published by the television news station.

The chemicals involved in the fire were used in the company’s manufacturing processes, Sebastian County Deputy Director of Emergency Management Travis Cooper said in a report by the Fort Smith Times Record.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

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