Problems fighting Atlanta chemical fire

A massive fire at a chemical plant outside Atlanta prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby businesses and spewed black plumes of smoke that were visible from miles away. The fire started shortly after 8 p.m. in a warehouse containing chemicals in Marietta. The warehouse houses Amrep, which manufactures a variety of chemical products, including automotive supplies, according to the company's Web site.

ATLANTA — A new report finds a fire last month that consumed a metro Atlanta chemical plant burned for at least two hours before checks began for dangerous emissions.

 

That’s according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which also reported Monday it took about four hours for the U.S. Environmental Protection agency to begin more extensive testing to detect chemicals kept at the warehouse in Marietta.

 

While officials say they didn’t detect toxic fumes, experts say chemicals are most likely to escape when a fire first starts. Cobb County Battalion Chief Scott Demkowski says, “We honestly don’t know what chemicals were released.”

 

In addition, the newspaper along with The Marietta Daily Journal reported officials are investigating a fish kill downstream from the warehouse.

 

Investigators haven’t determined what started the May 23 fire.

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