Firefighter Injured While Fighting Chemical Plant Fire

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Chemical Plant Fire Injures Firefighter | F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems

Stratford, CA -- A stratford, CA firefighter was injured while fighting a fire at a petrochemical and refining plant.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 10:25pm on Tuesday when they received a 911 center call from the night shift personnel.  He reported seeing heavy smoke near the roof of the plant.  When firefighters arrived, they found fire and smoke shooting from the roof.

"An aggressive attack by first-arriving fire crews were able to confine the fire to the manufacturing dust-collection system, which collects zinc dacrylate, which is blended with zinc dimethacrylate and heptane to produce a proprietary component to use in the manufacture of golf balls among other items," said the Stratford Deputy Fire Chief Jon Gottfried. 

"Due to the physical nature of the chemicals that the firefighters were exposed to while in the process of extinguishing the fire, the Fairfield County Hazardous Material Response Team was summoned to the scene to conduct on-site decontamination of the firefighter's protective gear and equipment prior to leaving the scene.  Additionally, a field response coordinator from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was requested to respond to the scene to oversee the cleanup process at the plant.  During the course of the emergency operation, one firefighter suffered a facial injury and was transported to Bridgeport Hospital ER and was treated and subsequently released," the Deputy said.

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