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Apex Hazardous Materials Fire

Apex Hazardous Materials Fire Side Effects May Lead To Personal Injury Lawsuits

Apex Hazardous Materials Fire | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Rapid Breathing, Blue Discoloration of Skin, Wheezing, Hemoptysis, Pulmonary Injury

Apex Hazardous Materials Fire Affects Thousands

On October 18, 2006 emergency crews evacuated businesses in the vicinity of a chemical waste plant after a chemical reaction sent a toxic plume into the air two weeks after a raging inferno at the same site forced thousands of people from their homes. The drum consisted of a sodium metal solution that can ignite when exposed to water or air, said Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly. The irritating fumes created by the reaction reportedly caused burning eyes.

The chemical plant belonging to EQ Industrial Services Co. had erupted in flames on Oct. 5, 2006 illuminating the sky with explosions and blanketing parts of town in a yellow-green haze. Town officials had urged as many as 17,000 people to evacuate, citing potentially toxic fumes that had made a few dozen people seek medical attention.

The toxic reaction erupted one day after the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources had approved the company's cleanup plan. The agency closed down the work at the site and asked EQ Industrial to provide a written report detailing the cause of latest reaction and steps being taken to ensure public safety. State regulators say more tests will be conducted on the ground and water and they expect to release a report on air quality later this week.

A serious hazardous materials fire in North Carolina has forced 17,000 residents to evacuate. Hospital officials said 18 people were already sent to emergency rooms, and more injuries resulting from burns and inhalation were expected.

The fire was at Environmental Quality Co., a hazardous waste business that housed a variety of highly toxic chemicals, including chlorine, paints and solvents. Because of the chemicals involved, firefighters believe the best option might be to simply wait for the fire to burn itself out.

Of the 18 people hospitalized, eight were law enforcement officers and one is a firefighter who complained of nausea and respiratory problems. Nine other residents were being treated for "respiratory distress.

The inhalation of higher concentrations of chlorine can lead to respiratory distress, causing airway constriction and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs). Patients exposed to chlorine may have immediate onset of rapid breathing, blue discoloration of the skin, wheezing, rales or hemoptysis. In symptomatic patients, pulmonary injury may progress over several hours. Lung collapse may occur. The lowest lethal concentration for a 30-minute exposure has been estimated as 430 ppm. Exposure to chlorine can lead to reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), a chemical irritant-induced type of asthma. Children may be more vulnerable to corrosive agents than adults because of the smaller diameter of their airways. Children may also be more vulnerable to gas exposure because of increased minute ventilation per kg and failure to evacuate an area promptly when exposed.

Long term exposure to chlorine, which usually occurs in the workplace, is also linked with cancer, corrosion of the teeth, flu-like symptoms and a high risk of developing reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS).

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Milwaukee mourns 3 killed in blast

Dec 7, 2006 | AP
Melvin Kuster retired after 41 years working for Falk Corp., the century-old factory that also once employed his father. Now his only child has died there. Daniel Kuster, 35, and two other workers were killed Wednesday when an explosion and fire leveled the industrial warehouse and rocked the near-downtown area. Forty-six other workers were injured, including one with life-threatening injuries, Mayor Tom Barrett said. "You shouldn't have to bury your kids," Kuster's father, Melvin,...

Plume brings more Apex evacuations

Oct 19, 2006 | AP
Emergency crews evacuated businesses near an industrial waste plant Wednesday after a chemical reaction sent a toxic plume into the air, two weeks after a raging inferno at the same site forced thousands of people from their homes. State environmental officials indefinitely suspended cleanup at the plant's ruins in Apex, a Raleigh suburb. Firefighters managed to extinguish the smoldering chemical mix two hours after it began spouting smoke from a 55-gallon barrel. The drum contained a sodium...

Apex fire may smolder until dawn Saturday

Oct 17, 2006 |
After hours of waiting outside a gutted, smoking hazardous waste plant, firefighters this morning were mounting a direct assault on a still-formidable fire. County officials said that the fire at the 7,300-square-foot Environmental Quality Co. warehouse could burn into Sunday because twisted metal blocked access to the flames. Since fire and explosions late Thursday set loose a choking chemical cloud over downtown Apex, fire crews let the building burn out of concern that pouring water or...

Law Firms File Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Individuals Injured by Fire in Apex, North Carolina, Individual Lawsuits being Evaluated at

Oct 16, 2006 |
A group of prominent personal injury law firms collectively filed a class action lawsuit last week on behalf of thousands of individuals and businesses in and around Apex, North Carolina against EQ Industrial Services and EQ Holding Company (5:06-cv-00400-BO Beaulieu v. EQ Industrial Services, Inc). The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh Division, and alleges that the explosion and massive fire at EQ’s facility in Apex, North...

Thousands evacuated from Apex because of hazardous material fire

Oct 6, 2006 | AP
Authorities asked about 16,000 residents of this suburban Raleigh town to evacuate early Friday morning as they waited for daylight before starting to fight a massive hazardous material fire. "This is truly awful," town manager Bruce Radford said. "It is the worst potential hazardous materials fire that you can expect." No serious injuries were immediately reported, although a spokeswoman at Raleigh's Rex Healthcare hospital said six people were in good condition as they...

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