Forklift is blamed in fire at an Oklahoma City chemical plant fire

Firefighters spent much of Tuesday afternoon fighting a chemical plant fire at Bachman Services Inc., 2220 S Prospect Ave., in Oklahoma City.
BY CARMEN FORMAN cforman@opubco.com Modified: July 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm •  Published: July 24, 2012

A fire Tuesday at a chemical plant near Interstate 35 in southeast Oklahoma City caused explosions and evacuations, but no injuries.

The five-alarm fire at Bachman Services Inc., 2220 S Prospect Ave., caused concerns because of the chemicals involved, Deputy Fire Chief Marc Woodard said.

The company had 400 55-gallon drums of various chemicals and chemical mixes, Woodard said.

One chemical was identified as triazine, an emulsion breaker that is flammable and toxic.

Triazine is also a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, Woodard said.

Firefighters used foam to put out fire near the chemicals that would react with water, fire Maj. Tammy McKinney said.

Firefighters had to be bathed in soap and water and sprayed down after fighting the fire because of the potential danger of chemicals mixing with the water used to fight the fire, Woodard said. No injuries were reported, but paramedics treated three people for heat exhaustion on the scene, he said.

Fire officials evacuated the businesses immediately surrounding the chemical company because of the possible danger of chemicals in the smoke, McKinney said.

What happened

About 70 firefighters were on the scene soon after a forklift caught on fire about 1 p.m.

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