Fertiliser plant fire

Last updated 05:00 16/03/2011
HELP ARRIVES: Emergency services attend a fire at a fertiliser plant at Rooney Earthmoving, Washdyke, about 8.30am yesterday.
AL WILLIAMS/Timaru Herald
HELP ARRIVES: Emergency services attend a fire at a fertiliser plant at Rooney Earthmoving, Washdyke, about 8.30am yesterday.

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A person was treated for smoke inhalation and staff were evacuated from a Washdyke business after a fire broke out in Timaru's industrial zone.

Emergency services were called to a fertiliser plant at Rooney Earthmoving on the Hilton Highway about 8.30am yesterday after a small pile of sulphur caught fire in a batch mixer.

Four fire appliances attended the scene where personnel, including two wearing breathing apparatus, spent about an hour bringing the blaze under control.

Washdyke station officer Colin Rees said staff at the plant had been evacuated and one person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Staff at the fertiliser plant were back at work on site by mid-morning.

Mr Rees said there had initially been a problem with the sulphur mix, which caused a small explosion.

He praised plant staff for their quick actions in going through the right channels.

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- The Timaru Herald

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