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uk: Chemical plant blaze tackled by fire crews
SIX fire crews from three counties were called to a fire at a chemical plant in Duxford.

A block of resin caught fire inside an industrial oven at Hexcel Composites at 10.20am yesterday. (March 23)

Firefighters - scrambled from Cambridge, Huntingdon, St Neots, Saffron Walden and Newmarket - used water jets and hose reels to put out the blaze.

They used a thermal imaging camera to check there were no other hotspots in the building which could spark another fire. The incident was under control by 12.36pm.

Hexcel describes itself as the =93world=92s largest structural material company=94. It produces carbon fibres, reinforcement fabrics and composite materials.

us_il: Four burned by chemicals: Face, chest and arms injured
FORD HEIGHTS, Ill. - Four people have been transported Ford Heights in serious condition to two hospitals with chemical burns, according to the Cook County Sheriff.

A Cook County Sheriff's spokesman says the four individuals, between the ages of 17 and 41, suffered burns after a caustic substance was thrown in their faces, chest and arms.

The Ford Heights Fire Department tells WGN-TV the incident took place around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday near 13th Street and Kennedy Lane.

According to Cook County Sheriff's officials, one of the four injured is reported to be the person who threw the caustic substance at the other three.

us_nv: Chemical scare causes evacuation in rural N. Nevada town
The Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department and the Washoe County HazMat team worked into the night to deal with a bucket of racing fuel that was left on Main Street in the remote northern Nevada town Tuesday.

The fire department evacuated an entire block of homes in a neighborhood off of the street, and residents were not allowed to return until everything was cleaned up, authorities said.
Neighbors in the area said they had flu-like symptoms, and they think the chemical was to blame, according to officials.

The chemical was determined to be methanol. Gerlach is approximately 106 miles north of Reno

Pakistan: Fire breaks out in Karachi chemical store
KARAHCI: Deadly fire has broken out in a chemical storeroom located in Mehmoodabad locality in Karachi, which has prompted rescue efforts at an intensive level.

As many as 14 fire tenders have been dispatched to area which are taking part in rescue work along with local people of the area.

The fire is raging aggressively, said fire brigade sources terming the fire as of 3rd category.

The deadly blazes have also left roof of chemical stockroom collapsed, meanwhile, the fire is on way to engulf closely situated buildings which are being evacuated, sources said.

The electricity supply in the area has broken down, witnesses told reporters adding that a few nearby houses have also come on fire.

us_sc: USC engineering building evacuated after reported chemical spill
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Fire Department is at the University of South Carolina after reports of a chemical spill in one of the classrooms.

Chief Aubrey Jenkins says the Swearingen building was evacuated around 11am Tuesday while fire crews try to determine where the odor is coming from.

One student said

"When I walked out of the classroom my eyes started burning," said one student. "It smelled like rotting garbage."

Another student said he had been told the chemical spill contained sulfur.

The Swearingen building is part of the school of engineering, but frequently houses classes in other subjects.

There have been no injuries reported that are associated with the spill.

"But I got out of class, so that's what's important," laughed a student.

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