A serious industrial chemical hearth broke out Saturday morning at a plant in Atmore on U.S. Freeway 31.
The hearth was on the Tiger-Sul plant, simply throughout Freeway 31 from the Atmore Nation Membership, about eighty miles north of Cellular. This was simply north of the Florida line, in Alabama’s Escambia County.
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks advised FOX10 Information it was a sulfur hearth. About 200 to 300 residents nearest the plant have been requested to remain inside their houses as a precaution, the chief stated.
Caustic smoke was current within the space all through the morning.
Brooks stated the decision got here in about 5:30 a.m., and officers from his division and firefighters from the Atmore Hearth Division discovered a warehouse on the plant website absolutely engulfed in flames. Firefighters from departments in different communities additionally responded, and at one level there have been near one hundred hearth vans on the scene, the chief stated.
No staff have been current when the hearth broke out, and nobody was harm, Brooks stated.
At eleven a.m., the police chief informed FOX10 Information the hearth had been contained inside the warehouse, and firefighters have been working to get rid of scorching spots the place sulfur was nonetheless burning. A part of the warehouse collapsed.
“This can be very arduous to breathe close to the warehouse,” Brooks stated. The air high quality was higher past a few hundred yards from the warehouse, he stated.
A number of personal businesses are testing the air on the plant and round it. Chief Brooks stated officers are taking “each potential precaution” to ensure the air is protected.
Brooks stated they requested individuals close by to remain inside their houses, however officers didn’t ask them to go away.
He stated the reason for the hearth stays beneath investigation. It was reported by a caller from the Atmore Nation Membership.
Tiger-Sul — previously Sunbelt Chemical compounds — is a producer of fertilizer merchandise. Based on the corporate’s web site, Tiger-Sul is “a worldwide chief in sulphur bentonite, micronutrient-enhanced sulphur and different crop efficiency merchandise.”
On the request of Escambia County officers the Baldwin County Sheriffs Workplace closed Freeway 31 north of Perdido, in accordance with Baldwin Sheriff Hoss Mack. In case you are touring to Atmore or Brewton, you will have to take I-sixty five to the Escambia County exits, Mack stated.
In Atmore, Chief Brook stated visitors was being diverted so distant in an effort to “flip round” the massive vans that take the route day by day. On the different finish, visitors was being diverted at Freeway 21, he stated.