No contamination found at the site of massive fire Monday night

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
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A massive industrial fire Monday night sparked fears of chemical contamination, but have since been calmed.

The fire broke out shortly before 9:30 at Abtrex Industries, which is located in the 59000 block of Market St. near the intersection of Ireland and SR 23. It was under control by 11 and put out around midnight.

This facility contains fiberglass and makes rubber linings, among other things. There are multiple buildings on the scene, but the one where the fire occurred is used primarily for fiberglass, and fortunately it did not have many chemicals inside.

The HAZMAT crew was called in but dismissed shortly after. The EPA was on the scene Tuesday and found no evidence of contamination.

Neighbors report hearing loud explosions prior to the fire, followed by a flash. Fortunately no one was injured while putting out the massive blaze. Most workers were in another building at the time of the explosion and did not know there was a fire until they came outside.

An employee at Abtrex says the company has been in operation since 1969, and they've only had two incidents in that time.

The president of the company told NewsCenter 16 that he plans on rebuilding. The cost of the rebuild could cost as much as $300,000, but that number could go up as they determine exactly what type of equipment was in that building during the fire.

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