Chemical Plant Oil Fire Extinguished

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plant fire protectionA Tuesday fire sent plumes of smoke into the air at Orangeburg Chemical Plant.  

The fire started at 4:25pm and was extinguished by the in-house emergency response crew within 20 minutes.

"We believe what was burning was a heat-transfer fluid - a heavy oil that is used to transfer heat to different processes.  It is non-toxic like a hydrocarbon fire," said SI Group Plant Manager Tyler Windsor.  "We don't know what the exact failure mechanism was, but there was a release.  It found an ignition source and it started to burn."

The plant did not need to be evacuated, and no one was injured.

Windsor wrapped up by saying, "We have a really world-class, trained incident-response team and they responded to this right away to make sure the impact was held to a minimum."