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Transformer at substation explodes and catches fire in Waldwick, New Jersey, USA

Smoke rises from a fire at a PSE&G substation in Waldwick.
Just under 2,000 people in northern and central Bergen County were without power after an explosion at a PSE&G substation in Waldwick on Sunday morning, according to the utility.
Several area fire departments and mutual aid units were dispatched to the scene of the PSE&G substation at Hopper Avenue at about 10:40 a.m.
Authorities evacuated residents on Bohnert Place following the explosion, and several families are now staying at the borough ambulance core building, said Waldwick Mayor Tom Giordano, who is also president of the fire department.
Giordano said that the Garfield fire department was dosing the fire with foam and officials expected it to be extinguished within several hours.
There were areas in Westwood, Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake without power, said Karen Vossen, a PSE&G spokeswoman. She said electricity was expected to be restored to them from sometime between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
There were no injuries, according to the mayor, and he said the fumes from the fire do not pose any danger to nearby residents.
Waldwick police declined to comment.
The incident is under investigation, Vossen added.
Courtesy of northjersey.com

Chemical spill causes temporary evacuation of shipping facility in Kent, USA

Chemical Spill Alert

Hazardous material teams from Kent and three other fire departments responded to a chemical leak at about 11:39 p.m. Wednesday at a shipping/receiving facility in the 6200 block of South 228th Street.
A driver of a forklift hit and punctured a 55-gallon drum, according to a Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority media release. Paramedics evaluated and released the driver at the scene.
Thirty employees evacuated the building and were in the parking lot when fire crews arrived. The forklift driver was the only person exposed to the chemicals.
Once the specialized team of hazmat responders entered the building, they were able to find the leak and determine that there was no eminent danger as well as confirm that the punctured drum contained organic peroxide. The majority of the chemical was confined to the trailer it was in. Crews reported that there was only a small amount that had leaked out of the trailer on to the asphalt and nothing made its way into the building itself. The crew also ensured that there was no threat of the leak reaching any of the storm drains on the property.
The incident turned into a multidepartment response once the leak was confirmed. Hazmat crews from the Renton Fire Department, Port of Seattle Fire Department, and South King Fire Rescue responded to the call. King County Medic One and the Zone 3 Rehab unit also assisted during the incident.
The employees were allowed to re-enter the building after the hazmat team deemed the building to be safe. A company that specializes in chemical clean-up was called and on scene prior to any of the fire crews leaving.
According to the company supervisor, the evacuation of the building went very smooth and he attributed that to the annual emergency drills in which all the employees participate in. Drilling the emergency plan greatly reduced the potential for harm.
Fire officials said it’s always a good idea to have an emergency plan, for work and home. Once a plan is in place, ensure that everyone is not only familiar with it, but also has a chance to practice it on a regular basis.
Courtesy of kentreporter.com

Fire engulfs chemical plant in Waller County, Texas, USA

Chemical Alert

A fire at a chemical plant Saturday night lit up the sky northwest of Houston and led to a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents.
Twelve fire departments responded to the fire at the Flowchem facility located on FM 529 in Brookshire, which was eventually contained. No injuries were reported and no workers were on site when the blaze started, said Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, who was at the scene.
“We issued a code red and advised people within a few miles of this facility, from FM 362 to the Waller County line … to a shelter in place until Hazmat had a better idea of what we were dealing with,” Duhon said.
Flowchem produces chemicals that help streamline the flow of oil and other liquids through pipelines. The site stored flammable alcohol-based chemicals and soy bean oil, but the fire did not reach them and no air quality issues were reported, Duhon said.
The fire was first reported around 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The shelter in place order stood until 2 a.m.
Officials have not determined what set the blaze, Duhon said, and the Harris County Fire Marshall is investigating.
Flowchem was founded in 2001 and lists its headquarters as Houston. The company could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.
Courtesy of chron.com