Fort Smith, AR – Sprinkler system helps contain fire at chemical facility; Blaze confined to mixing container

First responders addressed a fire that arose in a chemical environment in west Fort Smith on Friday morning. The fire, which began around 9:15 a.m. Friday, occurred at Ashland Performance Materials, 5106 Wheeler Ave., on Friday. The blaze was confined to a mixing container used to combine chemicals for manufacturing purposes, Sebastian County Deputy Director of Emergency Management Travis Cooper said. ″(From) the effort of what they were trying to do on a daily basis, unfortunately, there was a fire,” Cooper said. Cooper said the operator who was mixing the chemicals left the area “very quickly” and activated the fire alarm and sprinkler system in the facility. Members of Emergency Management and the Fort Smith Fire Department responded to the scene. Cooper said “there were no composites or components left of that chemical” from the fire. Cooper could not give a damage cost estimate for the fire.

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