Firefighters contained a blaze at an asphalt plant Sunday night in Madison County, Kentucky, before it could ignite large quantities of flammable liquid used in the manufacturing process.
The Berea Fire Department told WTVQ that an off-duty firefighter spotted flames at The Allen Company plant around 6:21 p.m. Responders to the scene found a heater had exploded and ruptured a natural gas line.
Foam helped deal with several hundred gallons of oil spilled in the blast. Firefighters were also able to shut off the supply of natural gas.
Firefighters told WTVQ that the heater was surrounded by a containment area that prevented the spread of fuel or fire water runoff.