10 firefighters hospitalized after fighting chemical company fire

The fire extended into an adjoining lab, prompting officials to call in a hazmat decontamination unit in case anyone had been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals


Joseph A. Gambardello
The Philadelphia Inquirer

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. — Ten firefighters and three employees were sent to hospitals early Friday as a precaution after a fire in a Chester chemical plant office extended into a nearby lab, officials said.

No serious injuries have been reported following the blaze at the Norquay Technology Inc. complex, located at 800 Front St., officials said.

The fire extended into an adjoining lab, prompting officials to call in a hazmat decontamination unit in case firefighters and employees in the building had been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals. (Photo/Delaware County Emergency Services)
The fire extended into an adjoining lab, prompting officials to call in a hazmat decontamination unit in case firefighters and employees in the building had been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals. (Photo/Delaware County Emergency Services)

Chester Fire Commissioner William C. Rigby IV said firefighters responded to a blaze in an office at the plant about 1 a.m. Friday.

The fire extended into an adjoining lab, prompting officials to call in a hazmat decontamination unit in case firefighters and employees in the building had been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, Rigby said.

After on-scene decontamination, the 10 firefighters and three employees went to three area hospitals for further examination, Rigby said. There was no immediate indication that anyone had been adversely affected by exposure to any chemical.

Norquay’s product line includes chromic, electronic, catalyst, ligand, medical adhesive and UV performance products, according to a statement announcing the company’s acquisition by MPD Chemicals in January 2018.

 

Major emergency response overnight for our Hazardous Materials Team and our Mass Causulty Units. A fire occurred in an...

Posted by Delaware County Emergency Services 911 on Friday, May 17, 2019

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