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Fire crews battle chemical plant fire near Chickasha

GRADY CO., Okla. - Dozens of firefighters were called to an oil materials fire near Chickasha on Thursday evening.

The fire is at the Bri-Chem Supply Corp. just south of HWY 62. When crews arrived they discovered palates of dry organic materials like cedar and clay burning. While flammable, the fire chief said they weren't toxic or explosive.

"Pretty much natural stuff but with all the plastic, and the bags, and stuff like that it put up a pretty good production," Chief Brian Zalewski said.

The wind pushed the flames from one palate to the next, stretching the fight to extinguish it to more than an hour.

With the help of about nine fire departments throughout Grady County, firefighters were able to keep it away from surrounding chemical plants, and the dangerous caustic soda inside the building.

The fire began a little after 5 p.m. after workers left. The cause is still under investigation.

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