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Explosion, Fire Reported at Asphalt Plant in Kentucky

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An explosion and fire were reported at The Allen Company asphalt plant in Berea, KY on Sunday. Image courtesy of Pixabay

A heater exploded and caught fire at The Allen Company asphalt plant in Berea, KY on Sunday evening, several local news organizations reported. 

Crews were called to the facility at about 6:21 p.m. Upon arrival, fire personnel determined that an old heater was involved in the explosion and that 100 gal of oil and a natural gas line fueled the blaze, coverage by television news station WTVQ said. 

Delta Gas, an area provider of natural gas, said in an account by NBC News affiliate WLEX that the natural gas line is operated by Allen Company to serve the plant. The utility firm shut down gas lines to the area during the incident.

Firefighters managed to contain the flames to an area of the facility where the heater was located, WTVQ said, dousing the fire by 7 p.m. No injuries were logged during the incident. 

Allen Company has four asphalt plants in Kentucky, per information on the company’s website. The Berea site produces blacktop asphalt. 

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