A chemical fire erupted at Harcros Chemicals in Dalton, GA USA but no injuries were reported.
The fire involved phosphorus acid and toulene but didn’t actually damage the building structure according to the local Whitfield Fire Chief Carl Collins.
Residents within 1,000 feet of the plant were temporarily evacuated as a precaution.
The Fire Chief also stated that it appeared there was a problem with either moisture getting into the chemicals or the containers not being properly sealed that caused them to spontaneously combust.
According to the website, Harcros Chemicals Inc is a major distributor and producer of industrial chemicals. Privately held since a management buy-out in 2001, the Company began business in 1917 as Thompson-Hayward Chemicals, and in 1961 was purchased by North American Philips. In 1981, Harrisons and Crosfield plc purchased the bulk of the business from Philips, subsequently changing the name to Harcros Chemicals Inc.
The core business of Harcros is the distribution of industrial chemicals with twenty-eight branches in twenty states, Harcros provides geographic coverage, primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. The Harcros Organics Division produces surfactants, emulsifiers, defoamers, and a myriad of specialty products at the plant site in Kansas City, KS.
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