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Tanker truck fire forces closure of part of Ga. 96
By Becky Purser - bpurser**At_Symbol_Here**

The brakes caught fire on a tanker truck carrying liquid methanol fuel 
early Friday, forcing the closure of a section of Ga. 96 for several 

Houston County=92s Fire Chief and Emergency Management Agency Director 
Jimmy Williams said the vehicle fire was quickly extinguished without 
any type of explosion or chemical leak.

The back of the trailer did suffer some fire damage, he said.

But because the integrity of the tanker was compromised, the 5:10 a.m. 
vehicle fire resulted in the closure of Ga. 96 from Ammons Road to Ga. 
247 until 1:30 p.m., Williams said. Traffic was detoured away from the 
It took time for another tanker to arrive, the methanol to be 
transferred and for the damaged vehicle to be removed, he said.



Jan 23, 2010
2 died from chemical explosion
By Irene Tham

TWO men died after an industrial accident in Jurong Island on Saturday.

It took place at Chemical Specialties, a Singapore-based chemical 
processing contractor.

The two workers, believed to be Malaysians, arein their 30s. They 
suffered cuts and bruises and were bleeding in the ears when the 
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived at the scene at 11.14am.

They were pronounced dead at 11.40am.

The Sunday Times understands that the workers were on top of a 
cylindrical tank - six-storey high and measuring 6m in diameter - when 
the accident happened.

When the SCDF arrived, one of the men was found lying about 5m to 10m 
from the tank. The other was about 30m away.


Famous Yuma Hotel Evacuated After Chemical Scare
Posted: Jan 23, 2010 12:35 AM
Updated: Jan 23, 2010 12:35 AM
Reported By: Rob Hughes (rhughes**At_Symbol_Here**

Yuma, AZ January 22- Dozens of people are evacuated from a local hotel 
Friday afternoon, while emergency crews prepare for the worst.

A potentially dangerous situation as maintenance personnel at the Hotel 
San Carlos in downtown Yuma reported a strong chemical smell around two 
Friday afternoon. Hazmat crews brought out samples that are being 
tested. Meanwhile, around 60 residents have been evacuated.

The historical landmark where Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and John Wayne 
have stayed was under the microscope Friday.

"1st responders did confirm that there was a heavy fuel type smell in 
the basement," said Mike Erfert, public information officer with the 
Yuma Fire Department.

The Hotel San Carlos was closed for business after investigators 
believed something wasn't right. Erfert says firefighters were forced to 
take all necessary precautions.

"At that point, as a precaution, not knowing the makeup of the materials 
or the concentration, the residents were evacuated from the hotel.

Erfert says investigators are determining if the recent severe weather 
or age of the building contributed to the situation.

"At this point our hazardous materials team is working at determining 
what it is, what chemicals are involved, and what the concentrations 
are; what potential dangers that could involve," said Erfert.

Investigators continue to err on the side of caution, and aren't sure 
when the San Carlos will be reopened.

"Not knowing the exact materials involved, it's hard to determine what 
the threats are, whether it's something that could just be hazardous to 
someone breathing, or whether it would be a fire hazard," said Erfert.

Hotel residents have been moved to nearly hotels for the time being. As 
of Friday evening, 1st street is closed, but downtown businesses remain 
open. The incident is under investigation.

West Virginia

DuPont Plant Leaked Chemical for up to Five days
Posted Friday, January 22, 2010 ; 09:35 PM | View Comments | Post 
Updated Friday, January 22, 2010; 10:07 PM

1,900 pounds of Methyl Chloride was found to be leaking from the DuPont 
Story by Matthew Earle
Email | Other Stories by Matthew Earle 

BELLE -- Operators at the DuPont Plant in Belle discovered a rupture 
disc had vented 1900 pounds of Methyl Chloride into the atmosphere over 
a five day span.
The ruptured disk is apart of a ventilation process to keep piping and 
other equipment from over pressurizing. The portion of the plant was 
immediately shut down and an investigation into what caused the rupture 
began soon afterward.

Plant personnel said no effects will be felt by the community or the 

=93We don't see where there was any harmful effect to impact the 
community," said Human Resources Manager Roger Hess.

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