OSHA Investigates Explosion, Fire at Safety-Kleen

- January 30, 2014 - It was around 9:45am this morning when reports of an explosion and fire at Safety-Kleen came in.

Several fire companies responded to the fire which was dangerous because of solvents held at the location.

West Lake Fire Department along with West Ridge Fire Department, the Erie Bureau and Airport-Fire Rescue all responded to the fire at 1606 Pittsburgh Avenue.

Heavy smoke could be seen from miles away with flames shooting through a shed.

Officials say the shed held 55 gallon drums filled with solvent which were just feet away from 12,000 gallon tanks filled with oil.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration who was on scene investigating, a Safety-Kleen employee was warming a frozen pipe with a portable heater.

That employee was severely burned, taken to UPMC Hamot, and then later transported to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Hazmat from Millcreek and the county responded because the type of materials at Safety-Kleen.

Part of Pittsburgh Avenue and the railroad tracks were closed this morning following the fire.

They got it knocked down in under 40 minutes.

They used foam to get it under control.

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