Incident Logs


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

Tuesday
Apr 06
Akron, OH: A factory was evacuated after a tank containing wax exploded. No injuries were reported. More information

Tuesday
Apr 06
Fort Wayne, IN: The management of a crane manufacturing plant destroyed by fire in February announced plans to rebuild at twice its original size. More information

Monday
Apr 05
Tuticorin, India: An explosion destroyed a tower supporting high tension power lines feeding a cooper plant. Officials suspect sabotage. More information

Monday
Apr 05
Ledyard, CT: A brush fire ignited plastic foam stacked near a chemical plant, creating thick, acrid smoke that forced police to close nearby streets for nearly two hours. More information

Monday
Apr 05
New York, N.Y.: Fire broke out in the three-story high hopper at an asphalt plant. More information

Sunday
Apr 04
Johnston, R.I.: A fire broke out in a shredder at a metal recycling plant. More information

Saturday
Apr 03
Anaheim, CA: An explosion in an industrial oven at a plant that makes transformers threw the oven door nearly 50 feet. More information

Friday
Apr 02
Torrance, CA: A minor leak of isobutane from a pipeline at a gasoline refinery was not sufficient to shut down production. Three workers were sent to the hospital for observation. More information

Thursday
Apr 01
Belmullett, Ireland: Fumes from a burning plastics factory forced the evacuation of 700 nearby residents. More information

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

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