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Fire destroys chemical plant in Thomas, OK

No deaths or injuries from the Oklahoma blaze, but nearby residents were evacuated.
BY BRIANNA BAILEY bbailey@opubco.com Modified: September 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm •  Published: September 19, 2013
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A receptionist who answered the phone at Danlin's headquarters in Thomas on Thursday referred all questions to the state fire marshal.

Danlin is an important employer in the area, as well as a large donor to local schools, said Jennifer Billy, economic development coordinator for the city of Thomas. The company purchased a new scoreboard for the local high school football team in 2007 that features the company logo — a red, flame-like design.

“They just support our community in every way,” Billy said.

The fire in the Danlin Industries plant on the northwest side of the Custer County city forced an evacuation but caused no injuries, authorities said.

The fire started about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Warren Manley, Thomas emergency management director, said the cause is undetermined. The fire was still smoldering Thursday but crews had it under control, he said.

The building takes up about an acre and was a “total loss,” Manley said. He did not have a damage estimate but said it will be “in the millions.”

No one was in the plant at the time of the fire.