Incident Logs


Entries for April 1999

Friday
Apr 30
Toronto, Ontario: Fire in the drying ductwork of a paint pigment plant spread to the roof. Hazmat protective clothing used by firefighters was saturated with red paint. More information

Friday
Apr 30
Batavia, N.Y.: An employee at a plastic molding factory that burned in 2002 3 have been charged with arson in the fire. The fire took nearly 19 hours to bring under control and destroyed the plant. More information

Friday
Apr 30
Greenfield, IN: Fire swept through a seven-building corrigated box factory, destroying most of the complex. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. More information

Friday
Apr 30
Carthage, MO: A fire destroyed two large warehouse buildings at an explosives plant without setting off any explosions. The buildings contained nonvolatile binding material used in manufacturing gunpower and TNT. More information

Friday
Apr 30
Lumberton, MS: Two workers were burned in a propane fire at a feed mill. The workers were filling propane bottles when the fire broke out. More information

Thursday
Apr 29
Davie, FL: A gasoline tanker overturned on an interstate highway killing the driver and causing a massive fuel spill. The driver was trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle when the wreck occurred. More information

Thursday
Apr 29
Waco, TX: Fire destroyed a 90-year-old woodworking plant only three days before work was to move to a new facility. The plant was scheduled to be converted into loft apartments. More information

Thursday
Apr 29
Romeoville, IL: A worker investigating a natural gas leak was seriously injured in an explosion that leveled two homes. Among the six others injured were five firefighters who were knocked off their feet by the force of the blast. More information

Thursday
Apr 29
Chicago, IL: Firefighters battled a 3-11 alarm at a local steel and wire plant. More information

Sunday
Apr 25
Tulsa, OK: An explosion damaged a coker unit and its absorber tower at a petrochemical refinery. The blast occurred as the unit was being restarted. Several days of heavy rainfall had caused flooding inside the refinery. More information

Saturday
Apr 24
Rosemount, MN: A 150-foot-tall steel vessel fell from a crane at a refinery, injuring one employee. The empty vessel fell eight feet. No fire or explosion occurred. More information

Saturday
Apr 24
Grand Forks, N.D.: A telephoned bomb threat triggered the evacuation of a potato processing plant, shutting down operations for an hour and a half. No bomb was found. More information

Friday
Apr 23
Franklin Park, IL: Fire broke through the roof of a one-story industrial bakery. More information

Thursday
Apr 22
Longwood, Australia: A temporary evacuation of nearly 1,000 workers at a natural gas energy plant was ordered due to a gas leak. An explosion at the plant last September killed two workers and seriously curtailed gas supplies to Australian industry. More information

Thursday
Apr 22
Paterson, N.J.: One worker was buried and another trapped when a trench of a sewer line collapsed. Both were rescued almost immediately by co-workers. More information

Wednesday
Apr 21
Cobb County, GA: Nearly 43,000 gallons of gasoline spilled at a pipeline facility, covering the ground surrounding two 6 million gallon fuel tanks. More information

Wednesday
Apr 21
Wallington, N.J.: A worker at a truck body factory was listed in critical condition after his clothes caught fire while welding. More information

Wednesday
Apr 21
Clay Township, IN: Foam was used as a precaution on a cargo of polymetric beads when a tractor-trailer rig overturned. More information

Wednesday
Apr 21
Minneapolis, MN: The vice president of an excavation company was indicted on charges stemming from a 218,000 gallon crude oil spill in September that forced the evacuation of a small community. The case is the first in which a person or company failed to notify proper authorities before digging. More information

Wednesday
Apr 21
Charlotte, N.C: Two workers were overcome by fumes related to a fire at a chemical storage plant. More than 35 firefighters were called to the scene. More information

Wednesday
Apr 21
Thomasville, N.C: A lacquer spill at a furniture plant forced the evacuation of nearly 300 workers. No injuries were reported. More information

Tuesday
Apr 20
Tamaqua, PA: Two workers blending nitroglycerin as heart medication were killed in an explosion at a chemical plant. More information

Tuesday
Apr 20
Toronto, Ontario: Interior attack with foam lines was used in a three-alarm factory fire involving paints and solvents. More information

Tuesday
Apr 20
Charleston, S.C.: A shipping container filled with 10 tons of natural charcoal caught fire aboard a docked vessel. As the container was being moved by crane, the bottom gave way, dumping burning material on the dock and a small portion of the ship. More information

Monday
Apr 19
Whiting, IN: Plant firefighters dealt with an explosion and fire in a jet fuel cracking unit at an oil refinery. No injuries were reported. More information

Monday
Apr 19
Plainfield, IN: A crate shipped from China to a distribution center began leaking an unknown chemical that caused one employee to collapse and sent seven others to the hospital. The chemical was later determined to be methyl bromide. More information

Monday
Apr 19
Craig, IA: A grain dust explosion severely damaged a grain elevator, blowing apart the top segment of the grinding bin. One worker suffered minor injuries. More information

Monday
Apr 19
Greensburo, N.C.: Firefighters extinguished a small fire in the ductwork at a local plant. More information

Saturday
Apr 17
Nayang City, China: Fire spread through a furniture factory and killed 19 people, including the owners family. Most of the factory and the attached living quarters for employees and their families was destroyed. More information

Friday
Apr 16
Springfield, KY: A worker buried in a trench collapse died from asphyxiation before rescuers could reach him. More information

Friday
Apr 16
Plymouth, CT: A hazardous materials incident triggered the evacuation of a chemical reaction building at a local plant. More information

Friday
Apr 16
Watertown, WI: Thirteen workers at a cheese plant were treated for breathing problems related to two ammonia leaks. More information

Thursday
Apr 15
South Bend, IN: Two workers at a campus power plant were injured in an explosion. The workers were responding to a fire in the cooling tower when a transformer exploded. More information

Thursday
Apr 15
Modesto, CA: A steamroller operator suffered second degree burns over 30 percent of his body when he struck an electric meter, triggering an electrical flash fire. More information

Thursday
Apr 15
Moses Lake, WA: A silicon refinery was fined $34,800 by state officials for an October release of tetrachloride gas that resulted in the death of two workers. More information

Tuesday
Apr 13
Orangeburg, S.C.: Two workers died from burns received in an explosion at a chemical plant. Workers were transferring oil containing aluminum alkyls when the transfer pump exploded. More information

Monday
Apr 12
Houston, TX: A massive fire damaged two freeway ramps when a tanker truck overturned and exploded. The driver of the vehicle was killed. More information

Monday
Apr 12
Atlanta, GA: Dangling from a helicopter, a firefighter rescued a construction work trapped atop a crane during a fire in a former mill that was under renovation. More information

Monday
Apr 12
Belgrade, Yugoslavia: NATO forces launched a missile attack against an oil refinery. Also hit were a car plant and an arms factory. More information

Monday
Apr 12
Charlotte, N.C.: A four-alarm blaze broke out in the conveyor system at a recycling plant. Two firefighters were treated at the scene. More information

Saturday
Apr 10
Jersey City, N.J.: Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at a wire and steel plant. More information

Saturday
Apr 10
Florence, PA: More than 150 firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze in a vacant steel plant. Workers were using blow torches to remove asbestos pipe when the fire broke out. More information

Saturday
Apr 10
Brandon, S.D.: A blaze swept through a wood preservatives plant causing concern that firefighters might be exposed to arsenic stored inside. The fire was contained before reaching the poison. More information

Friday
Apr 09
Leeds, U.K.: Two workers were killed when flames spread through a foundry. The foundry, which produced gates and shutters for the security industry, was destroyed. More information

Thursday
Apr 08
Tampa, FL: Three workers died as the result of an explosion at a power plant. Another 50 were injured in the blast that destroyed 23,000 square feet of the 240,000 square foot facility. More information

Thursday
Apr 08
Lake Meredith, TX: An explosion and fire shut down a natural gas compressing plant. Three holding tanks were damaged. No injuries were reported. More information

Thursday
Apr 08
Savannah, British Columbia: A bulldozer operator was killed when he struck a natural gas pipeline. Gas escaping from the line exploded. More information

Thursday
Apr 08
Meridan, CT: Fire spread through two garage storage bays at a factory building. A van and other equipment were damaged. More information

Tuesday
Apr 06
Bridgeport, CT: Firefighters battled a fire on the loading dock at a container factory. More information

Tuesday
Apr 06
Norfolk, VA: A crane operator working for a shipbuilding company died when a concrete causeway collapsed, dropping his rig into 60 feet of water. More information

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