The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 28, 2011

NEW: Fire breaks out in storage area at Mid-Continent Packaging

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Firefighters have contained a fire in a storage area of Mid-Continent Packaging Inc., a fire official said.

Fire Marshall Ken Helms said the department received a call about 8:25 a.m. reporting the fire in a building, at 1200 N. 54th, used by the business to store chemicals.

He said the majority of chemicals stored in the area were oxidizers kept in 55-gallon drums, which means firefighters cannot use water to extinguish the fire.

“We’re applying water to the smoke plume to suppress the smoke,” Helms said.

He said firefighters will have to let the fire burn out before they can begin investigating a cause.

“The situation is contained to the extent that it can be,” Helms said. “We’re just there to keep the scene safe and suppress the smoke plume and be there in case anything else happens.”

The nearby AdvancePierre Foods plant had shut its air intake systems down to prevent any of the smoke from the chemical fire from entering the building’s system.

Helms said no injuries had been reported to him by 9:45 a.m.

Witnesses reported seeing a plume of thick, white smoke about a mile away.

Mid-Continent Packaging was established in 1992 as a sister company to Alden Leeds Inc., which has more than 50 years experience in the swimming pool chemical business.

The company’s work ranges from bulk industrial chemicals to personal care items.