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Chemical mixing sparks massive fire

October 04, 2011
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WAXAHACHIE, TX — Workers mixing chemicals is thought to be the cause of a massive plant fire that caused the evacuation of nearby residents, according to KTVT-TV.

Flames overtook a large chemical plant when the fast-moving fire overwhelmed the facility''s sprinkler system, the article stated.

According to the article, it isn’t clear which chemicals were involved in starting the blaze.

"It''s the building that''s burning, and there''s chemicals inside, multiple kinds of chemicals," Waxahachie Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Hollywood. "Saying which kind would be speculative."

Magnablend Inc. houses ammonia and other chemicals for use in industries ranging from oil fields to industrial cleaning, the article noted.

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