Incident Logs


Entries for March 1999

Wednesday
Mar 31
Batavia, N.Y.: Industrial firefighters assisted municipal crews in battling a 19-hour plastics factory fire. Much of the factory was destroyed. More information

Sunday
Mar 28
Boston, MA: A fire caused heavy damage to a power station providing electricity to much of the city. However, electricity production was not affected. Some workers were treated for eye injuries. More information

Saturday
Mar 27
Nelson, U.K.: Firefighters worked 12 hours to bring a fire in the roof of a weaving mill under control. Cotton waste in the attic caught fire in several locations. More information

Saturday
Mar 27
Sioux City, IO: Only minutes after an ammonia leak was reported at an ice cream factory, an explosion rocked the facility. More information

Saturday
Mar 27
Tipton, U.K.: A crane operating above an industrial furnace caught fire when a gas line ruptured. The risk of explosion from the furnace made it difficult for firefighters to apply water to the fire. More information

Friday
Mar 26
Milwaukee, WI: Two workers were hospitalized after a fire and explosion at a manufacturing plant. The fire broke out in a paint booth. More information

Friday
Mar 26
Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Serbian auto workers occupied their factory as a human shield against NATO attack. The plant also makes weapons. More information

Friday
Mar 26
Olney, IL: An explosion in a magnesium dust collection system at a bicycle plant injured one worker. More information

Thursday
Mar 25
Richmond, CA: An explosion and fire in a heat exchanger rocked an oil refinery. Although the fire was quickly dealt with, more than 1,200 area residents flooded local emergency rooms claiming breathing difficulties and eye irritations. More information

Thursday
Mar 25
Vulcan, Alberta: Shredded rubber at a tire recycling plant ignited and burned. Firefighters fought the blaze for three hours. More information

Wednesday
Mar 24
Stanton, CA: Workers at a metals processing plant were evacuated when a 30-gallon tank of sodium hydrosulfite began to smolder. More information

Wednesday
Mar 24
Long Beach, CA: A fire in a spray booth at a plant that makes truck beds resulted in a two-day shutdown at an assembly plant it supplies. More information

Tuesday
Mar 23
Dallas, TX: A seven-alarm blaze at a factory that manufactures polyurethane goods destroyed nearly half a million pounds of plastics. Workers were using a blow torch to install a garage door when the fire broke out. More information

Tuesday
Mar 23
Brazil, IN: High winds contributed to the spread of a fire that destroyed a 100,000 square-foot book-recycling plant and nearly 120 tons of books and paper. More information

Tuesday
Mar 23
Sylacauga, AL: A fire broke out at a fertilizer plant, producing heavy smoke and forcing the evacuation of nearby homes. More information

Tuesday
Mar 23
Momence, IL: Industrial firefighters were called out for the second time in one week to help area responders with a major train wreck. The earlier wreck in Bourbonnais, IL, involved an Amtrak train that collided with a truck carrying steel rods. See the -April issue of IFW.) More information

Monday
Mar 22
Los Angeles, CA: Firefighters worked four hours to free a construction worker buried up to his chest in a trench collapse. Crews used a vacuum-like device to removed some of the dirt. More information

Monday
Mar 22
St. Paul, MN: A chemical spill at a metal plating factory resulted in a vapor cloud that quickly dissipated. Area evacuations were ordered. More information

Sunday
Mar 21
Boston, MA: A fully-loaded 10,700-gallon gasoline tanker overturned on a major expressway, bursting into flames. About 3,000 gallons of unburned fuel was recovered from storm drains. More information

Sunday
Mar 21
Alburquerque, N.M.: Seven freight cars of a train that was loading at an area factory somehow disconnected and rolled down the tracks to crash through the wall of another business. More information

Sunday
Mar 21
Akron, OH: Trailers used as administrative offices at a steel plant caught fire, producing heavy smoke but no injuries. More information

Saturday
Mar 20
Las Vegas, NV: A fire at a recycling plant was spread by high winds until several nearby buildings were threatened. More information

Saturday
Mar 20
Cleveland, OH: A fire at a steel plant sent smoke through the downtown area. The fire was confined to administrative trailers. More information

Friday
Mar 19
Manila, Philippines: A tanker carrying nearly 110,000 gallons of oil crashed into the breakwater in Manila Bay and sank, spilling much of its cargo. More information

Friday
Mar 19
Bedford, VA: A meat distribution plant was forced to shut down when a leak in the refrigeration system began releasing anhydrous ammonia. Response teams were unable to immediately stop the leak. More information

Friday
Mar 19
Janesville, WI: The threat of explosion from an overturned LPG tanker forced businesses along the towns busiest commercial street to close for nearly seven hours. More information

Friday
Mar 19
Dunnet Head, Scotland: Fire broke out aboard a tanker carrying 1,700 tons of vinyl acetate, leaving the vessel adrift in rough seas. Residents along the shoreline were evacuated in case the tanker ran ashore. More information

Thursday
Mar 18
Denver, CO: A 2,000 gallon chemical spill at a local plant that involved hydrochloric acid forced a brief evacuation of area homes and businesses. More information

Thursday
Mar 18
North Haven, CT: Firefighters worked nearly six hours to bring a fire at a scrap metal plant under control. More information

Thursday
Mar 18
Doraville, GA: Thirteen workers at an auto plant were arrested for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover police officer posing as a co-worker. More information

Thursday
Mar 18
Kampala, Uganda: Fire destroyed a milk cooling plant owned by a local cooperative. More information

Thursday
Mar 18
Salem Township, PA: A worker injured at a machine company was transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Pittsburgh. More information

Thursday
Mar 18
Waynesburo, PA: Firefighters checked homes for signs of fire after an explosion at a foundry rained small pieces of debris across a wide area. More information

Wednesday
Mar 17
Ico Rivera, CA:A 24-year-old worker collapsed and died while sandblasting parts at an airplane plant. The worker was wearing protective clothing and a breathing apparatus. More information

Wednesday
Mar 17
Comkenova, W.V.: Families living near the Ohio River were forced to shelter-in-place when a fire involving chemicals destroyed a major baker and storage facility. More information

Tuesday
Mar 16
Aiken, GA: A worker using a blow torch was badly burned when the chemical inside a 55-gallon drum ignited. Co-workers smothered the injured mans burning clothes. More information

Tuesday
Mar 16
Houston, TX:Three people died when a small tanker truck jumped a freeway divider, collided with oncoming traffic and exploded. Three others were injured. More information

Tuesday
Mar 16
Cherryvale, OK: A fiberglass manufacturing plant was heavily damaged by fire. The blaze had already broken through the roof before the first firefighters arrived. More information

Tuesday
Mar 16
Swansea, U.K.: A chemical spill at a food processing plant sent 50 workers to the hospital for treatment. The spill was sodium hydroxide, used as a cleaning solution. More information

Monday
Mar 15
Bourbonnais, IL: Industrial firefighters played a big role in rescue efforts after an Amtrak train collided with a semi-trailer near a steel plant. The wreck killed 11 passengers and injured 117 others. (For details, check the -April 1999 edition of IFW.) More information

Monday
Mar 15
Union, N.Y.: Fourteen people were sent to area hospitals after chemical fumes entered a computer chip manufacturing plant. More information

Monday
Mar 15
Lancaster, N.C.: A fabrication plant sent 500 workers home early when a fire produced heavy smoke inside the plants warehouse. More information

Sunday
Mar 14
Fullerton, CA:A tanker loaded with 8,000 gallons of fuel overturned and burst into flames on a freeway, killing one motorist. The tanker driver was seriously burned. More information

Sunday
Mar 14
South Shields, U.K.: A shipyard crane operator leapt to safety moments before the eight-ton machine toppled 50 feet to the bottom of a dry dock. More information

Sunday
Mar 14
Chagrin Falls, OH: A heavy fire in an electrical room caused damage to a local paper mill. More information

Saturday
Mar 13
Marengo, IL: Nearly 25 percent of a meat packing plant was destroyed by fire. Eleven fire departments responded to the blaze. More information

Thursday
Mar 11
Totowa, N.J.: A pharmaceutical plant was evacuated when a highly volatile liquid known as diethylamine was spilled in a laboratory. The spill was handled by responders without incident. More information

Thursday
Mar 11
Dewitt, IO: A fire at a plant that uses recycled textiles to make pads was expected to shut down production for at least three weeks. Losses included inventory at the plant. More information

Thursday
Mar 11
Middleton, OH: A fire in a front end loader spread to the roof of a paper plant causing major damage. Workers tried to fight the blaze with extinguishers for 15 minutes before calling firefighters. More information

Thursday
Mar 11
Philadelphia, PA: A three-alarm fire broke out in a compressor room at a meat processing plant. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. More information

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