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Fire at Fairfield chemical warehouse

Firefighters and HazMat crews respond to a fire at a Commonwealth Chemicals in Fairfield (WKRC)

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (WKRC) - A fire at a chemical storage warehouse in Fairfield led to evacuations Wednesday.

Fairfield's deputy fire chief Randy McCreadie said smoke from the fire at Commonwealth Chemicals on Distribution Circle could be seen about two miles away. Firefighters couldn't enter the building in their gear because of the chemicals. Hazmat crews from Cincinnati were called in to get a look inside. By mid-afternoon, firefighters gave the all clear and said the fire had burned itself out.

No one was hurt. McCreadie said the sprinkler system did what it was supposed to do. Employees were evacuated as were some surrounding businesses. Others were told to shelter-in-place until the fire was out.

Once it was out, firefighters opened the dock doors and ventilated the business.

McCreadie said firefighters knew what they were dealing with because there had been a chemical spill at the warehouse last month. He said it's possible that the fire might have been the result of a chemical reaction in the effort to clean up that spill. The contractors called in for that cleanup will work on this incident too.


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