Mislabeled Oxygen Generators Fueled Apex NC Fire

Date: June 27, 2007

Source: News Room

Investigators for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board have concluded that oxygen generators similar to those blamed for the 1996 ValuJet crash likely caused the rapid spread of a chemical fire at EQ Industrial Services plant in Apex, NC. Moreover, the oxygen generators had been misidentified as general oxidizer waste by aircraft maintenance facility before being sent to Apex. Investigators believe the October 5, 2006 Apex fire began in an area where pool chemicals and other material were stored; it then spread to an area where the flammable wastes were kept. The massive blaze led to the evacuation of 16,000 residents.

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