Incident Logs


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

Wednesday
Mar 10
Miami Township, OH: A half-gallon container of nitric acid exploded with force sufficient to blow the doors off a safety cabinet at a paper mill. More information

Tuesday
Mar 09
Quincy, MA:A worker was severely burned in a flash fire while working on a catwalk at a refinery. He died two days later. More information

Tuesday
Mar 09
New Bedford, MA: At least one worker was injured when equipment exploded at a company that makes dye. More information

Sunday
Mar 07
Philadelphia, PA: Firefighters dealt with icy conditions in battling a five-alarm fire in a vacant four-story factory. It took nearly two hours to bring the fire under control. Five teenagers were later charged with reckless endangerment in connection with the fire. More information

Sunday
Mar 07
Plainwell, MI: An explosion caused by a ruptured natural gas line ignited a fire that could be seen 20 miles away. More information

Sunday
Mar 07
Lockland, OH: A warehouse at a vacant 80-year-old paper factory was gutted by fire. More information

Friday
Mar 05
Penrose, CO: A controlled burn to clear weeds got out of hand, resulting in an explosion that destroyed a model rocket plant. About 1,000 nearby residents were evacuated out of concern for toxic fumes. More information

Friday
Mar 05
Hutchinson, KS: A fire at a plant that makes wheat-straw particle board destroyed two warehouses. More information

Friday
Mar 05
San Onofre, CA: An emergency alert was called at a nuclear power plant when a worker found an object that looked like a pipe bomb. It was later determined that the pipe was left behind after recent maintenance work. More information

Friday
Mar 05
Smithfield, R.I.: Firefighters were concerned about runoff from a two-alarm fire at a plant that reconditions industrial barrels and drums. More information

Friday
Mar 05
LaRouche, IN: Firefighters were called in after workers failed to bring a fire at a three-story fertilizer plant under control. More information

Friday
Mar 05
New Haven, CT: An explosion triggered a fire in the ductwork in the roof of a factory. No injuries were reported. More information

Thursday
Mar 04
Anacortes, WA: Five contract workers were injured in an explosion in a polymerization unit at an oil refinery. Six workers died in an explosion at the same plant last November. More information

Thursday
Mar 04
San Jose, CA:A worker died from injuries suffered in February in a blast at a Hollister plant that makes small explosive devices. More information

Wednesday
Mar 03
Dinwiddie, VA: Sixteen people at a steel plant construction site were injured when a tornado struck without warning. More information

Wednesday
Mar 03
Phoenix, AZ: A three-alarm fire broke out in a paper recycling plant, causing a major traffic jam at rush hour. More information

Wednesday
Mar 03
Azusa, CA: An overturned tanker leaking liquid oxygen closed an interstate highway for nearly eight hours. More information

Wednesday
Mar 03
Potosi, MO: Fire damaged the packaging area of an egg processing plant. More information

Tuesday
Mar 02
Circleville, OH: Three workers at a lamp plant were treated after becoming ill. Unidentified fumes were suspected but could not be confirmed. More information

Tuesday
Mar 02
River Edge, N.J.: Firefighters dangled upside down from ropes to rescue a construction worker trapped in mud when a trench collapsed. More information

Tuesday
Mar 02
Pendleton, Ontario: Swift winds made fire fighting difficult in a blaze that destroyed a manufacturing plant. More information

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