Chemical Plant explosion in Danvers Massachusets
DANVERS, Massachusetts — An explosion at a U.S. chemical plant early Wednesday sparked a massive fire and destroyed homes and businesses, but caused only minor injuries, officials said.
The explosion just before 3 a.m. was felt miles away from the CAI Inc. plant in Danvers about 20 miles north of Boston.
About 10 people were injured, Danvers Fire Chief James P. Tutko said.
“With the exception of chest pains, we don’t have anybody who’s seriously injured,” said Philip Cormier, the chief operating officer of Beverly Hospital, where he said “fewer than 10 patients” were treated.
Monday, November 27, 2006 – Updated: 09:58 AM EST
Residents of the houses closer to the obliterated building that housed CAI Inc. and Arnel Co. will have to find temporary lodging for several weeks or months until more significant repairs are completed at their homes.
At least nine buildings were damaged beyond repair and are expected to be torn down, town building inspector Richard Maloney said.
CAI Inc. and Arnel Co. were in a building full of chemicals located next to the Liberty Marina, near the intersection of Route 35 and Bates Street. The explosion at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday was felt by people as far away as New Hampshire, but no one was killed or suffered any serious injuries.
Marquis said he hopes Gov. Mitt Romney will declare a state of emergency so that affected residents and merchants can seek additional help from federal agencies, noting that the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency compiled information on 153 affected families on Friday and Saturday.
Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said administration officials have worked on the matter throughout the holiday weekend and may have an announcement about an emergency declaration as early as today.
Fire Chief James Tutko said he said pleased with the “headway” that state fire marshal’s investigators were making at the blast site.