Tonawanda fire crews douse chemical fire

TONAWANDA, NY – Plenty of fire departments turned out to the scene of a chemical plant fire on Sawyer Avenue near River Road in Tonawanda Saturday evening.

Multiple crews responded to reports of a chemical substance which caught on fire in oxidizer equipment at the PeroxyChem plant. According to a statement released by PeroxyChem on Sunday, the sprinkler system was activated in part of the warehouse by smoke coming from packaged product.

There were no injuries but plenty of firefighters and equipment were called in to make sure it did not get out of control.

There were employees in the area at the time but they safely evacuated as the sprinkler system went on. PeroxyChem was formerly a division of FMC.

Investigators are looking into the exact cause of the fire.

According to the statement, PeroxyChem's Tonawanda plant manufactures persulfate and peracetic acid-based products used in environmental remediation, oil and gas production, and the food and beverage, industrial cleaning and personal care industries. The Tonawanda plant has been in operation since 1926.


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