More Details About Chemical Fire In Columbia City (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- In Columbia City Monday city leaders held debriefings about last Friday's chemical fire, which prompted suggested evacuations around the plant.

While the mayor says that he's pleased so many departments worked so well together, he admits there is room for improvement.

A barrel containing chemicals caught fire at C&R Plating. Based on what an employee told the first firefighters the chemical was, they poured water on it, but that made the flames roar to life.

After using a forklift to get the burning barrel outside to ventilate the plant, the true name of the chemical was discovered and the Fort Wayne hazardous materials team was able to submerge it in a pool of water to safely put out the fire.

So the Columbia City fire chief and C&R Plating will meet soon to make sure all small quantities of chemicals are documented with the fire department, above and beyond what's required by state law.

Police officers went door-to-door to ask people to evacuate but Mayor Daniel is hoping more residents will sign up for Nixel email alerts or "like" the city's Facebook page to get all kinds of important information.

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