Fire, Explosions At Danlin Chemical Plant Near Thomas


Thursday, September 19th 2013, 1:42 am
By: News 9


People were forced to leave their homes late Wednesday night when a fire led to explosions at a plant in the town of Thomas in Custer County.

Someone called 911 just before midnight after hearing the blasts at the Danlin facility, which is about 90 miles west of Oklahoma City. The plant produces chemicals used in oilfield productions.

A News 9 photographer was on the scene quickly, and heard explosions and saw large flames and smoke shooting at least 100 feet into the air.

Multiple agencies in the area are assisting the Thomas Fire Department, but crews have decided to back off and let the fire burn itself out.

An employee for the Thomas Fire Department told News 9 that evacuations were ordered for the immediate area; about 10 families had to leave their homes. 

There have been no reports of injuries. A representative for Danlin said the last employee left the plant between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., hours before the fire.

The fire appears to have destroyed the facility and at least a dozen vehicles at the plant. It's not known yet what caused the fire and explosions.