AFFTON, Mo. — The fire burning at a chemical plant in Affton was extinguished Thursday evening after multiple explosions at the plant.
Lt. Matt Coppin with the Metro West Fire Protection District said there were multiple explosions at the Manor Chemical Plant at around 2:30 Thursday. He said a tanker truck, about 10 containers and the chemical plant building were all on fire when crews arrived.
Initially, first responders decided evacuating the area was the higher priority, so firefighters and police officers from nearby departments went door-to-door in the area, telling people to get out of their homes.
In a tweet, the St. Louis County Police Department said they were evacuating everyone within a half-mile radius of the plant. The department said evacuees can go to the Affton Elks Lodge at 6330 Heege Road, where the Red Cross is providing assistance.
Once they were able to focus on the fire, crews from around the area worked together to put out the four-alarm fire.
Coppin said there were 62 fire trucks on the scene. He said the firefighters used foam to put out the fire, which was declared under control at around 5 p.m.
Coppin said firefighters were expected to remain on the scene for several hours to make sure everything stays under control.
Coppin said one firefighter was injured. He did not know the extent of the injuries but said the firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Metro West Fire Protection District provided a preliminary update to the media. The response is being led by the Affton Fire Protection District.
According to the Manor Chemical website, the company has been in business since 1972 and specializes in automotive, paint/coatings, labeling, printing, industrial manufacturing and dry cleaning.
According to the EPA, Manor Chemical has had three years of continuous noncompliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, resulting in a written informal enforcement action in 2017 and a notice of violation in 2018 from the state.
Video shot by viewer Chelsea Sadler shows dark smoke and flames from a few blocks away. Sirens and alarms can also be heard in the video.