OKLAHOMA CITY -- Fire crews are recovering after battling a five-alarm fire fueled by toxic chemicals Tuesday afternoon.
Fire crews said the fire started at Bachman Services when a forklift caught fire and ignited chemicals nearby.
Bachman Services, near Horizon Hydraulics on the 2200 block of S. I-35 Service Rd., is an oilfield chemical company.
Authorities have not confirmed the exact chemicals inside the burning building.
EMSA’s Susie Patterson said authorities believe one of the chemicals in involved in the fire was some kind of dry formaldehyde which, she said, was very toxic.
OKC Battalion Fire Chief Brian Stanaland said they are also concerned about air quality and possible contamination of water runoff from the inferno.
He said the Dept. of Evironmental Quality has two workers on scene to monitor water quality.
The Environmental Protection Agency is using air-monitoring gear to do air samplings.
Firefighters worked to keep the neighboring buildings from going up in flames.
The building burned appears to be a total loss.
Roads are back open; residents have returned to their homes.