Niagara Gazette

October 19, 2011

Worker suffers minor injuries in fire at Saint-Gobain plant

Staff Reports
Special to the Gazette

WHEATFIELD — An employee at the Saint-Gobain plant on Walmore Road in Wheatfield was injured during a flash fire there Wednesday morning.

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said hot oil spilled from a pipe at the plant and started a small fire. An employee suffered minor burns to his hand and forearm and was treated at the scene.

Saint-Gobain produces ekonol polyester resin at that location using heated oil that is contained in pipes. It appears the pipe became over pressurized  and the hot oil spilled over igniting nearby materials, sheriff’s deputies said. No damage estimate has been given.