Nobody hurt in tank fire at W. Pa. petroleum plant

January 31, 2014

PETROLIA (AP) – Nobody was injured when a storage tank at a Western Pennsylvania petroleum processing plant caught fire.

The fire at the Sonneborn Corp. plant in Petrolia was reported about 3 a.m. Friday. The plant is located about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The company makes waxes and other products including petrolatum, which is used in baby oil and petroleum jellies.

Anita Orozco, the company’s director of human resources, said crews were still trying to determine what tank burned and why. She said the tank was burning from the top, which suggests some kind of was might have caught fire.

A fire alarm summoned company and local volunteer firefighters, who quickly controlled the fire.



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