One person treated for chlorine inhalation in Charleston plant fire
Some tense moments Monday morning at the Lonza plant in Charleston.
After a warehouse caught fire and sent one employee to the hospital.
More than 2000 employees were taken to safety for about a hour and half after a warehouse caught fire near the Olin chemical plant.
“As protocol dictates the school systems that are close were closed”, said Bradley County PIO Lindsay Hathcock.
Both Walker Valley High School and Charleston Elementary school also took precautionary measures.
Students were quote…”sheltering in place.”
Lonza and Olin’s joint emergency response teams battled the blaze.
Bradley County and Charleston fire department was also there on standby, in case the plant crews needed assistance.
One employee was treated for chlorine inhalation.
They were later released.
“Human safety, employee safety is our number one priority. There was a really good response from Olin and Bradley County. Their assistance was invaluable”, said Director of Manufacturing at Lonza, Tom Wilkerson
The cause of that fire is under investigation.
CHARLESTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – Some tense moments this morning at a Lonza warehouse in Charleston.
A fire broke out around 7:30.
One person was treated for chlorine inhalation.
Both Walker Valley High School and Charleston Elementary schools were quote “sheltering in place” as a precautionary measure because the fire was near the Olin Chemical plant.
The Director of Manufacturing at Lonza told us this morning “Human safety, employee safety is our number one priority. There was a really good response from Olin and Bradley County. Their assistance was invaluable.”
Lonza is investigating the cause of the fire.