Fire crews contain 5-alarm chemical fire | News
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Firefighters are evacuating homes and buildings downwind from the five-alarm chemical fire, those up to a half-mile north.
Crews have contained the five-alarm fire at Bachman Services near I-35 and Prospect Ave. that started before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Bachman Services, near Horizon Hydraulics on the 2200 block of S. I-35 Service Rd., is an oilfield chemical company.
Fire crews said the fire started when a forklift caught fire and ignited chemicals nearby.
Authorities have not confirmed the exact chemicals inside the burning building.
Some may react with water; fire crews are taking the necessary precautions.
OKC Battalion Fire Chief Brian Stanaland said they are also concerned about air quality and possible contamination of water runoff from the inferno.
He said the Dept. of Evironmental Quality has two workers on scene to monitor water quality.
The Environmental Protection Agency is bringing air monitoring gear to OKC to do air samplings.
Firefighters are working to keep the neighboring buildings from going up in flames.
The building on fire appears to be a total loss.
OKC Battalion Fire Chief Brian Stanaland said the fire will not cross the interstate.
The I-35 Service Rd. between 15th St. and 20th St. have been blocked off.