Plant Continues To Burn

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

February 9, 2007

The plant located off Route 15, in Buckingham County, just over the Fluvanna County line, continued to burn Friday.

Just over 24-hours since the explosion Thursday, the flames were still burning inside the plant. Officials were worried that structural damage could spark an even bigger fire but officials say flames are now about the size of a campfire.

The building was designed to withstand fire for four hours, but it's been burning over a full day.

Friday, walls of the structure look weakened. Officials were worried that if the building collapsed it could have ignited one of the 15 thousand gallon tanks behind it.

But they have reinforced the wall and it seems to be holding up.

Five people were inside the plant during the explosion. Only one was injured.

"He just had some burns injuries. We flew him out as a precaution. He's currently at UVa Medical Center in good condition" said Scott Roman, Environment Health and Safety.

Officials on scene say there is a good chance the building will have to be demolished. They have requested that an engineer come out and look at the structure. That section of the building was built about seven years ago.

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