No one hurt in southwest Wichita chemical plant fire

OxyChem Plant in south Wichita (KSN photo by Kevin Stebral)

WICHITA, Kansas – Officials say no one has been injured after a fire broke out at a chemical plant in southwest Wichita.

It happened late Thursday afternoon near S. Ridge Road and 63rd Street South.

Plant Manager Steve Hieger said the fire broke out in the storage facility of OxyChem’s sodium chlorite plant.

The Sedgwick County Fire Marshal Dan Wegner said the fire was contained to that building, and there was no immediate threat to the public.  The fire was extinguished shortly before 6 p.m.

All of the employees inside the building where the fire occurred were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Wegner said firefighters who fought the fire were decontaminated as a precaution when they left the building.

According to the plant’s website, OxyChem Wichita manufactures a number of chemicals, including sodium chlorite, chlorine, sodium hydroxide, hydrogen chloride and others.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

OxyChem issued the following statement following the fire by Eric Moses, the director of communications and public affairs for Occidental Chemical Corporation.

“At approximately 5 pm Central Time there was a fire in a storage facility for dry sodium chlorite at OxyChem’s Wichita plant that was quickly extinguished by local fire fighters. There are no community impacts. All plant employees are accounted for and there were no reported injuries.

An investigation to determine the cause of the incident will take place and OxyChem will take appropriate measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

KSN has been able to locate information about the Occidental Chemical plant. Click on the links below to find out more.

Facts about OcyChem Wichita.

Overview of OxyChem Wichita.

OxyChem Wichita plant awards and honors.

Locations of OxyChem chemical plants.

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