Neighborhood urged to evacuate chemical fire area


OKLAHOMA CITY — Residents and employees near S.E. 22nd St. and I-35 in Oklahoma City were urged to evacuate the area Tuesday afternoon due to potentially dangerous smoke coming from a chemical fire at Bachman Services.

Police at the scene said they were not going door-to-door to evacuate residents northeast of the fire because it was too dangerous.

However they said dispatch was calling businesses in the path of the smoke to advise them to evacuate. 

Police said there are few residences in the area.

Roger Underhill, owner of R.U. Painting and Maintenance, used his vehicle to block traffic and protect neighbors when he saw the smoke. 

He said he knew it was a chemical company on fire, so he put on a charcoal filter respirator that he sometimes uses for work.

Still, he was feeling the effects of the smoke.

“I’ve been over here now for about 10 minutes and I’m still feeling a little queasy from the chemicals,” he said. “Right now (my eyes) are even burning a little bit.”

Police said the fire was extinguished around 3:48 p.m. 

Neighbors and employees were allowed back into the area soon after.