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Subject: Fire, explosions at Detroit chemical factory


Fire, explosions at Detroit chemical factory
(AP) - 13 hours ago

DETROIT =97 Explosions and a fire at a Detroit chemical factory Monday  

forced firefighters to evacuate employees and police to caution nearby  

residents to stay inside their homes.
Several explosions were heard from inside Diversified Chemical  
Technologies Inc., where dense black smoke billowed from the blaze  
that began shortly after 3 p.m. Monday. No injuries were immediately  
Detroit Police officers were circulating through the west side  
neighborhood asking people to stay inside their homes, although no  
residential evacuations were immediately ordered.
"I didn't hear it but I seen the dark smoke before it got this big,"  
Willie Johnson, who lives near the factory, told WDIV-TV. "I got  
concerned at that point then because they had said that it exploded."
Firefighters did evacuate about 300 employees and some surrounding  
businesses. Diversified Chemical Technologies' Web site says its  
complex encompasses 750,000 square feet of office, laboratory and  
manufacturing space.
The company produces chemicals for clients ranging from the automotive  

to food and beverage industries, according to its Web site, but there  

was no immediate word on what chemicals were involved in the fire or  
Copyright =A9 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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