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Florida Chemical Plant Evacuated Due to Conveyor Fire
November 15, 2018
1 Min Read
An entrance to the Helena Chemical Company plant in Fort Pierce, FL. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A blaze started on a conveyor belt Wednesday afternoon at the Helena Chemical Company chemical plant in Fort Pierce, FL, causing employees to evacuate the facility, several local news organizations reported.
Crews made their way to the Selvitz Road plant after the fire was reported at about 2 p.m. and managed to contain the flames by about 5 p.m., a St. Lucie County Fire District spokesperson told the Treasure Coast Palm newspaper.
The fire moved from the conveying equipment to a several piles of fertilizer that contain sulfur, St. Lucie Fire District said in a social media post. HAZMAT crews were also called to the site.
People inside of businesses near the plant were also asked by officials to shelter in place during the incident, coverage by ABC News affiliate WPBF said.
Colliersville, TN-based Helena Chemical, also known as Helena Agri-Enterprises LLC, offers seed and seed treatments, fertilizer, crop protection solutions, financial services, and other agricultural-related services, the firm’s website states.
Reports did not mention any injuries during the fire.
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