Highway 31 Reopened Following Fire At Atmore Chemical Plant

Closer picture of chemical warehouse that burned in Atmore. Courtesy Escambia County Alabama Sheriff's office

Atmore, AL (WKRG)

Clouds of smoke that smelled like burnt matches lingered over parts of Escambia County Alabama in Atmore Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon.  It followed an explosion at a Tiger-Sul warehouse on Highway 31 near the Atmore Country Club.  It kept the highway closed for hours while firefighters and first responders tried to get the situation under control.

“When officers first arrived and notified the appropriate personnel, their first words were ‘it’s bad,’” said Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks.  According to the chief, at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Atmore Police Department received a call in reference to a fire at STiger-Sul Products. One of the buildings was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival. There are no injuries at the time of the incident; however, there are a few firefighters dealing with heat exhaustion.

The fire has been contained to the warehouse.  According to officials, the air is being checked by several instruments.  The only people that have evacuated at this time are those in the immediate area. Homeowners in the area are asked to stay inside out of the smoke area.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but is being investigated.  Homeowners surrounding the plumes of smoke were asked to shelter in place for a couple hours.  Many were not pleased with the smell

“Burnt matches, it just stinks literally,” said homeowner Tanya Crawford.  “I’ve got a little baby, I don’t want her breathing it in,” some were notified via social media and others got a robocall from the fire department.

“What I heard was a lot of sirens I really didn’t know what it was my sister in Pensacola called but the fire department called me. Just that they had a fire at Sunbelt, I guess it’s still called Sunbelt which I guess it’s still called Sunbelt and it might be safer to stay inside it could be a little toxic,” said homeowner Don White.

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