A chemical fire that broke out at a Coolidge, Arizona, manufacturing plant Friday which resulted in the evacuation of residents living near the facility remains under investigation, Coolidge Fire Department (CFD) officials said.
The fire was first reported at around 2 p.m. Friday at Bright International, which manufactures cosmetic products.
One hour after the fire began, the Coolidge Police Department released an announcement on behalf of CFD recommending that residents living in the nearby Landmark Ranch subdivision evacuate the area.
Coolidge firefighters, with the assistance of HazMat units from Casa Grande and Florence, continued to battle the flames and smoke through Friday evening and most of the following day, with firefighters officially clearing the scene at 5:43 p.m. Saturday. It took firefighters over 24 hours to clear the fire.
The voluntary evacuations were cancelled at about 6 a.m. Saturday after authorities determined there were “no toxins in the air and no hazards to the public,” the local police department said in a Facebook post.
Bright International issued a statement, saying:
“Heat and non-hazardous smoke resulted from an incident at our Coolidge facility this past Friday,” and the facility’s fire prevention systems managed to keep any damages confined to the warehouse.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to CFD, which also said it will be enlisting the aid of the office of the state fire marshal to investigate the incident.
Bright International said it is cooperating fully with state and local officials to look into the matter.
“We are grateful that this incident did not injure any employees or damage our manufacturing facilities. We want to thank the Coolidge Fire and Police Departments, local regulatory agencies and other first responders for their quick action to help secure the safety of our employees and area residents,” Bright International said in the statement. “We take this situation very seriously and are cooperating fully with local and state officials as we investigate this incident. The safety of our employees and the community is our highest priority.”
A spokesman for the company indicated that Bright is conducting an internal investigation into the matter.
Private investment firm Aterian Investment Partners purchased Bright International this August. The company is the largest manufacturer of hair bleach products in the U.S. and also produces shaving depilatory powders, liquid developer, and hair color.