BELPRE - Two workers were treated with first aid after a fire early Wednesday morning at Kraton Polymers, the company said.
The fire occurred at 4:15 a.m. when a liquid solvent caught fire on a purification column in a northside operating department, plant spokesman Mike White said. The in-plant alarm sounded and the fire was extinguished by the plant's fire crew, he said.
"The incident was contained within our fence line," White said. "We anticipate no impact outside our fences. We have no assessment of the damage at this time and an investigation is under way to determine the cause."
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A fire occurred at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday when a liquid solvent caught fire on a purification column at Kraton Polymers. Two employees were treated with first aid, plant spokesman Mike White said.
The employees were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, he said. Their names are not being released, he said.
"As a precautionary measure two employees were sent to a local hospital, but were treated for minor first aid and released," he said.
No assessment of damage has been made and an investigation team has been formed, White said.
Kraton also notified agencies such as the Ohio EPA and the Coast Guard, he said.
"As a matter of procedure, we have contacted the appropriate outside agencies and notified them of the incident," White said.
The plant makes a styrenic block copolymer used in numerous products such as adhesives and roofing materials.