Fire contained at New Bern chemical facility

A fire Thursday morning at the Americhem Corporation facility in New Bern drew nearly three dozen firefighters plus a hazmat crew to battle it. (Nicole Griffin/NewsChannel 12)

An early morning fire at a New Bern chemical company was contained to an outbuilding as nearly three dozen firefighters worked from keeping the fire from spreading, fire officials tell NewsChannel 12.

Township No. 7 Assistant Fire Chief Travis Blalock says the fire was reported at 3:24 a.m. at the Amerochem Corporation Facility off of Old Airport Road. The fire spread through carbon-based slurry in an old outbuilding but thanks to a lack of wind and quick response, did not spread to other portions of the facility.

Blalock said Cherry Point sent a hazmat unit, which tested the water and air quality after the blaze was extinguished and found no hazards to the public. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will conduct further testing later in the day on Thursday to confirm those results.

Blalock said investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.

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