Close
Bonneville Phoenix Network
 KTAR News
 Arizona Sports
92.3 FM KTAR
Menu
Social
Latest News
Updated Nov 16, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Fire flares up at biodiesel plant in Gilbert

(@GilbertFireDept Twitter Photo)
A forklift apparently punctured a 300-gallon chemical tank at a biodiesel plant in Gilbert on Saturday, igniting a fire and drawing concern from first responders about the health and safety of the public.

The fire, which is suspected to have flared up around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, has since been contained, according to the city of Gilbert, whose fire department worked to extinguish the flames.

Gilbert Fire division chief Brian Ruffentine told KTAR that the fluid in the tank was methol alcohol, which is not dangerous though highly flammable.

"It appears a forklift operator accidentally pierced a 300-gallon tank of a product called methol alcohol," Ruffentine explained.

According to him, the situation at the plant remains active, although the fire has been extinguished.

KTAR's Cooper Rummell contributed to this report.

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Latest News