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Crews battle fire at Torrance refinery

  HMN-Torrance fire crews battled a fire at the PBF energy owned refinery Tuesday evening.  According to KTLA,  the fire is believed to have occurred in an alkylation unit.  3 employees were evaluated for injuries, however no treatment was needed. For about 1 1/2 hours Tuesday, firefighters battled a blaze at the Torrance refinery that caused three employees to be evaluated ...

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Waste oil fire sends HAZMAT crews to West Phoenix

    HMN-A waste oil tank sent smoke towering over Phoenix Monday afternoon.  Fire crews were able to quickly handle the blaze and prevent any spreading to nearby tanks.  HAZMAT crews monitored the area and have announced no environmental impact according to AZCentral. A blaze broke out Monday afternoon at a liquid-waste facility in west Phoenix, officials said. The fire, ...

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HAZMAT responds to explosion at truck stop, one severely injured.

HMN-Winnie, Texas responders are on scene at a reported tank explosion at an area truck stop.  HAZMAT crews are currently on scene, where facebook witnessses say one severely injured man was deconned before transport.  12 News Now has the full story.  We will update as more information becomes available. WINNIE – The Chambers County Sheriff’s office is evacuating businesses in ...

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Clackamas firefighters smother industrial fire with foam

    HMN-Clackamas firefighters responded to a fire Saturday at an industrial site.  The fire was burning in a tank full of cooling oil.  The fire department used foam to suppress the flames.  According to the Portland Tribune, there were no reported injuries.  Area HAZMAT teams remained on scene performing air monitoring after the fire was extinguished. Firefighters were forced ...

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Sunderland HAZMAT crews investigate possible chemical suicide attempt

  HMN-Sunderland Police and HAZMAT teams investigate a possible chemical attempt this morning.  Two jars of “mixed chemicals” were found inside the mans car.  WWLP provided the story. SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – Police said they found a suicidal man with two jars of mixed chemicals in his car Monday at the scenic overlook on Route 47 in Sunderland. Sunderland Police ...

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Trailer disconnects from tractor, prompting Fairfax HAZMAT response

HMN-Fairfax HAZMAT crews worked early Saturday morning on a trailer that had become disconnected from the tractor.  The trailer had to be transferred to another awaiting trailer at the scene.  Insidenova provided more information for us. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue department units responded to a hazardous materials incident at the intersection of Terminal Road and Fairfax County Parkway around ...

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Hydrogen explosion kills one at Albanian refinery

HMN-Reuters has reported that one person was killed, and atleast seven others have been wounded in an Albanian refinery explosion.  A malfunctioning hydrogen valve is believed to be the culprit. This comes only 2  months after a 52 million dollar refinery revamp. TIRANA, Nov 11 (Reuters) – An explosion at an Albanian-U.S.-owned refinery in the southern area of Ballsh overnight killed ...

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One dead in UK ammonia leak

  HMN-One dead in ammonia leak at UK brewery. In total, 22 people, including 11 employees, 2 police officers, and 9 firefighters, were taken to the hospital.  BBC news provided more details. One person has died and another is in a serious but stable condition following an ammonia gas leak at a brewery. Police, fire and ambulance services were called ...

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Buffalo HAZMAT team responds to Lackawanna, NY industrial park fire

  HMN-Firefighters and HAZMAT teams are on site at an industrial park fire in Lackawanna, NY.  The fire has prompted some residents to shelter in place, and some school evacuations. WKBW provided details of the scene. LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WKBW) – A massive fire is burning at Industrial Steelworks Park in Lackawanna. Crews from Hamburg and Buffalo are responding. Thick, black smoke ...

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Industrial Fire Familiarization: Furnace tube rupture

  Industrial Fire Familiarization: Furnace Tube Rupture HMN-On this installment of Industrial Fire Familiarization, we will be going over industrial furnace tube rupture, and first in priority. What’s going on inside? Furnaces are generally used to raise the temperature of a product for processing means. It is not uncommon for these temperatures to be well over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Providing ...

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