Kansas chemical company plans to rebuild after fire

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STERLING, Kan. (AP) -

A Kansas chemical plant reopened for business after a fire damaged one building in the complex.

The fire broke out Thursday at the JACAM chemical plant complex near Sterling. No injuries were reported.

Spokeswoman Laura Snyder told The Hutchinson News the rest of the plant was ready to resume operations Monday.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The massive building that burned was for manufacturing and storing a type of clay that helps create "drilling mud" used in oil and gas production.

The six employees who worked in the building evacuated safely when the fire started.

Snyder says company officials plan to rebuild the structure at the Sterling site. The building that burned was one of 18 on the site north of Sterling.


Previous story by KAKE News:

A Jacam manufacturing spokesperson says a fire that broke out Thursday causing the evacuation of the company's chemical plant outside Sterling was contained by Friday afternoon.

Laura Snyder told KAKE News some smoldering did continue and that the fire was limited to a single building of the 18-building facility.

The company says it worked with local fire and utility officials to safely re-energize the plane.

"We are very thankful that no people were injured," said Snyder in a release. "We regret inconvenience or alarm this caused local citizens. We remain committed to safe operations and look forward to resuming normal operations after the weekend."

Operations are set to resume as normal beginning Monday.  


Employees at a chemical plant in Sterling, Kansas, have been evacuated after a fire broke out there Thursday morning. 

The fire was reported at Jacam Chemicals at around 9 a.m. Rice County dispatchers said all employees from the ethanol plant and Jacam have been sent home.

Laura Snyder, the public information officer for Jacam, says the fire has been contained to one of the plant's 18 buildings and is being allowed to burn. 

No injuries have been reported. 

Jacam employs between 80 and 100 workers. 

Rice County Emergency Communications said on Facebook that Avenue Q was closed between K-14 and 18th Road for a "large structure fire"

"Please stay away from the area and let the units do their job," the post said. 

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