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Fire damages chemical plant in Philadelphia

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze
Firefighters at the scene of the blaze
Alex Lloyd Gross

A quick moving fire destroyed a zinc stack belonging to a chemical company at 10000 Norcom Rd today, Feb 6 2014. Fire company officers arrived and quickly put out the fire. Due to the hazardous nature of the fumes involved , the brought with them a special truck used to fill air canisters that firemen use to breathe oxygen.

As the fire was declared under control ,fire crews left the site. It rekindled itself and that brought back some apparatus. There was no extension to any of the other building. Also no injuries were reported. Philadelphia Police had their hands full with traffic. Southbound Norcom Rd. was block at Caroline Rd.That did not stop motorists that were getting out of work closer to the incident scene. The would attempt to drive in between the apparatus , endangering firefighters.

The building is owned by Allied Tube and Conduit. They were in business during the incident. No major evacuation were done. The fire was dispatched just after 2:30 p.m. By 4:30p.m all of the fire apparatus had taken up. The cause is under investigation.

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