Fireman injured in blaze at plant
By Staff Reports
Oct 28, 2013, 13:30
PETERSBURG — A firefighter suffered minor injuries in a fire that damaged an industrial plant.
Petersburg Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire that broke out on Saturday night at Industrial Galvanizers.
The plant is located at 3535 Halifax Road in the southern end of the city, not far from the Dinwiddie line.
The blaze is believed to be accidental. Preliminary damage estimates are at $500,000.
One Petersburg firefighter, who was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, has been released.
The blaze was reported at 8:13 p.m. Petersburg firefighters were on the scene at 8:20 p.m. The fire was contained to the rear of the main building, and knocked down by 9:50 p.m.
With the volume of water used to fight the blaze, combined with chemical run-off, the fire was not called under control until 11:40 p.m. At no time was there any danger from chemical exposure. A chemical spill team was removing all run-offs at the plant.
According to the company’s website, the plant does hot-dip galvanizing, the process of coating metal with zinc to prevent corrosion. It says the 48,000 square foot facility houses a 50 foot long by 6-foot-wide by 9-foot-deep galvanizing kettle.
All Petersburg Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services units were dispatched to the site. The Crater Hazmat Regional team assisted.
Petersburg Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services thanks Chesterfield and Fort Lee Fire Departments for back up at all Petersburg fire stations.