Fertilizer plant fires bring back fears of a massive fire and explosion like the one in West, TX, a few years ago so along those lines Catoosa, OK, officials are investigating how a blaze started early Thursday morning at a Port of Catoosa fertilizer plant.
Tulsa Fire Department and HazMat crews responded to the 5200 block of Bird Creek Avenue where a fire broke out at Agri-Nutrients, a plant that blends and stores fertilizer.
Firefighters arrived around 1:30 a.m. and found a thick cloud of smoke coming from the plant’s roof. They said about 12 bins of fertilizer are stored inside the facility with more than one substance.
They waited for HazMat to determine it was safe to start putting the fire out with water in order to avoid any contamination.
No one was working at the time of the incident, and there were no reported injuries.
In 2009, there was a massive fire at the same business, which destroyed the building. Agri-Nutrients rebuilt the facility in 2010.