Crews clear scene after explosion at Newark manufacturing plant

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) – More than 20 fire trucks were sent to the scene of a blaze in Newark on Monday afternoon at Arboris LLC, a manufacturing plant.

CREDIT: Gus Singleton
CREDIT: Gus Singleton

The fire broke out around 1:38 p.m. at 1780 Tamarack Road. The fire department cleared the scene just after 5 p.m.

A pressurized tank containing hexane and ethanol exploded. The plant’s fire suppression system kicked in, giving workers time to run for it.

One person was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries. Four other people suffered minor injuries, but were not taken to the hospital.

According to the company’s website, Arboris is a manufacturer of plant sterols, a food additive derived from pine trees.

CREDIT: Gus Singleton
CREDIT: Gus Singleton

Newark Fire Chief Patrick Connor said safety was always the top priority and said his team had to make sure they knew what they would be facing.

“This specific company deals with a lot of different chemical and makes a lot of different things,” he said, “So sometimes, the chemicals that they have on site…we don’t know exactly what they are all the time. So it makes it tough for us to get here, determine what chemicals are involved, what the dangers are, get people evacuated and move forward safely.”

The exact cause of the explosion has not been released.

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