Major fire erupts for at least 4th time at east side petroleum plant in Ohio, USA
Credit: Geoffrey Cowles
Officials are investigating a fire that happened at a petroleum plant on the city’s east side early Sunday morning.
The blaze happened at the Heartland Petroleum Plant on East 5th Avenue when investigators said an oil leak might have caused the incident around 2:30 a.m. Officials said the leak, which was initially reported as an explosion, likely happened due to equipment failure.
An official said it’s at least the fourth time he’s been on scene at the plant for similar occurrences, which allowed fire crews to put out the flames safely.
Hazmat crews as well as the Ohio EPA were on scene assessing the situation and trying to minimize the pollution.
The process to extract the oil requires it to be heated up and pushed through a pipeline. Sometimes the pressure is too much and causes the oil to escape and catch fire.
Box 15 volunteers were on scene to assist firefighters to help them stay warm and nourished.
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