WORCESTER â€” The fire was small, but the fact that it broke out in industrial machinery that combines chemicals had city fire officials taking a cautious approach to a blaze at a Millbrook Street plastics plant Monday night.
Fire Department crews responding to the A. Schulman Inc. plant at 53 Millbrook St. called in state hazardous materials experts and held off spraying any water on the burning machinery until they had time to research the two chemicals used in the industrial compounding process, Luperex and Alkyl.
Once the chemicals were determined not to pose any hazmat threat to firefighters or the public, the fire was quickly extinguished, Deputy Chief Geoffrey Gardell said. As a precaution, all the firefighters who entered the building were decontaminated with water sprayed from fire hoses after exiting the building.
Fire crews left the plant about 10 p.m. after venting the smoke from the plant with a truck-mounted fan called in from Sutton Fire Department.