Chemical Fire Sends First Responders and Employees to the Hospital

Source: Delaware Co, PA Emergency Services

Chester, PA – 10 firefighters and 3 employees were sent to area hospitals as a precaution after a fire in a chemical plant office extended into a nearby lab.

The Philadelphia Enquirer reports that a hazmat team responded to the chemical plant fire around 1am Friday, and the firefighters, as well as three workers, were decontaminated before going to the hospital.

No serious injuries have been reported following the blaze at the Norquay Technology Inc. complex, located at 800 Front St., officials said.

Chester Fire Commissioner William C. Rigby, said the fire extended into an adjoining lab, prompting officials to call in a hazmat decontamination unit in case firefighters and employees in the building had been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals.

After on-scene decontamination, the 10 firefighters and three employees went to three area hospitals for further examination. There was no immediate indication that anyone had been adversely affected by exposure to any chemical.

Norquay’s product line includes chromic, electronic, catalyst, ligand, medical adhesive and UV performance products, according to a statement announcing the company’s acquisition by MPD Chemicals in January 2018.