Chemical plant fire in Fairfield

June 4, 2008 8:29:46 PM PDT
Residents of Fairfield are advised to shelter-in-place because of a three-alarm fire at a chemical plant.

The blaze is burning at the Ashland Chemical Company on Crocker Circle where a tanker containing ethyl acetate apparently caught fire. That's a toxic chemical that can cause severe respiratory problems.

Firefighters are keeping back because of the intensity of the heat and concerns about a larger explosion.

They're waiting on crews from Travis Air Force Base to arrive with a special foam that's used against chemical fires.

People who live near the facility are advised to keep their doors and windows shut and bring in pets if possible.

Click here for Contra Costa shelter-in-place procedures.


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