SPEED, IN (WAVE) – An explosion sparked a fire at a southern Indiana cement plant Sunday evening.
Essroc Materials on Highway 31 in Speed, Indiana was evacuated after a fire alarm sounded around 5:40 p.m.
Fire crews said they arrived on the scene and had the situation under control in about 30 minutes. The plant is five or six stories and officials said getting to hot spots took most of the 30 minutes.
No injuries have been reported.
Two Mosaic Co. employees were injured when an explosion rocked the phosphate company's Riverview plant off of Highway 41 this afternoon, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera said.
An empty acid tank exploded during routine maintenance, causing the top to fly approximately 100 feet in the air and come crashing to the ground, Rivera said. The explosion also sent up a cloud 100 feet above the plant.
The two employees were taken to the hospital with what were deemed non-life threatening injuries, Rivera said.
According to The Associated Press, one worker who had been standing on the structure was struck in the chest by shrapnel. The other injured worker was on the ground.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's Hazardous Incident Team was on the scene after the explosion, metering the air for safety.
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Several units of the fire service have been battling an extensive fire at a waste recycling plant on the outskirts of Cork City.
The fire broke out at around 7.30pm last night at the Greenstar Waste Recycling Plant at Sarsfield Court in Glanmire.
Up to a dozen units were fighting the blaze at one stage.
The fire was eventually put out and gardaí preserved the scene for a technical examination to establish the cause of the blaze.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious.
Firefighters battled a stubborn blaze that damaged a plastic factory in Yemassee for more than five hours Friday night.
An ambulance driver saw fire and sparks coming from the top of the Dixie Poly Drum about 11 p.m. and called the Yemassee Fire Department, said Paul Holmes, a medical first responder. Units from Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties also responded to the fire, he said.
No one was injured but two of the three Dixie Poly Drum buildings were destroyed in the fire that was under control between 4 and 5 a.m., Holmes said.
"It burned hot and heavy and was almost inundated with water pouring on it for several hours before it gave up," Holmes said. "We had hoses in every direction."
Firefighters remained on the scene until about 7 a.m., he said. Attempts Saturday to reach Yemassee fire officials were unsuccessful.
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A fire at the Hartsville Oil Mill on Washington Street in Darlington is contained, according to the Darlington City Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to a fire inside a building at the plant around 10:25 Thursday night.
Peanut hulls got too hot and started burning, producing a lot of smoke and some flames, according to police.
Crews had the fire contained within 15 minutes, but officials say there are still several hot spots.
Crews will remain on scene until the fire is completely out.
Police have blocked off a portion of Washington Street for the fire department to run their water hoses across the street.
Fire officials expect to have a better estimate of the damage Friday.
Ondo - Three people were killed while several others sustained injuries when a chemical filled cylinder exploded in Ondo state, Vanguard reports.
The explosion was said to have occurred when one of the cylinders containing some chemicals being used for purification of water by the state water corporation located at Araromi Obu, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State suddenly burst and the chemical content escaped.
It was gathered that a grandmother and her grandson were among the deceased. The other person, Olatayo Adejayan aka Malato, was one of the few people that rushed to the scene where the explosion happened.
The victims have been rushed to hospital where they are receiving medical attention while the remains of the deceased were deposited in the morgue.
Witnesses reported seeing large plumes of black smoke from up to 10 miles away.
Les Armstrong from Armstrong's Blacksmiths, which is based on the industrial estate, said no other businesses seemed to be in any danger.
"The flames are as high as the factory roof and the smoke is thick and black but it seems like the fire is being contained," he said.
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You've got my attention. What do you think is causing this? I, too, am concerned about collapsing infrastructure. Particularly recently built (since the late 1990's) or recently renovated. Involving planes, trains & automobiles. And also bridges, roads & buildings. Including retaining walls and other erosion fighting structures. Interested in your thought here.