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Large fire at business near Hamilton leaves ‘one big glob of plastic’

Published: Sunday, May 14, 2017 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 14, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

St. Clair Twp. Fire Chief Larry Anglin discusses a fire that melted more than an acre of plastic outside of Advanced Drainage Systems, 2650 Hamilton Eaton Road.

A massive fire that created a towering column of heavy black smoke that could be seen for miles started next to a Butler County company that makes drainage pipes for sewage systems.

Fire crews in St. Clair Twp. were called to Advanced Drainage Systems, 2650 Hamilton Eaton Road, around 1:45 p.m. Sunday after a fire broke out in a supply yard containing “some type of plastic products that are used for drainage piping,” St. Clair Twp. Fire Chief Larry Anglin said.

Workers inside the company’s nearby facility called 911 and the building was evacuated, Anglin said.

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Multiple area fire departments responded to a blaze at Advanced Drainage Systems in Milford Township on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

More than half a dozen fire departments and agencies responded to a call for mutual aid, including Hamilton, Trenton, Seven Mile, as well as Madison, Milford and Fairfield townships, with between 50 and 70 fire personnel working together to extinguish the blaze, Anglin said. 

“It took us a while to get some water on the fire due to limited access to hydrants and getting lines stretched,” he said. “We got a handle on the fire approximately an hour-and-a-half into the fire. 

“This was a very large fire. It took a very long time to contain.” 

No one was hurt and no structures sustained damage, Anglin said. A loss estimate was not yet available and no cause of the fire has been determined. 

“We may never know what started the fire,” Anglin said. “Right now, we’re dealing with basically one big glob of plastic back in there, approximately probably an acre-and-a-half of burnt plastic.” 

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency was called to the scene to provide rehab services and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was notified as a precautionary measure, he said. 

“According to plant managers and a plant spokesman there is no concern to the environment with the product that has been burning,” Anglin said. “They will confirm that with the EPA when they arrive.”

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