Fire damages Lincoln Heights plant

By Stefano DiPietrantonio - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire in Lincoln Heights Monday night at the Air Worx chemical and hydraulics plant.

It started around 8 p.m., and an hour later, a small army of fire companies had the fire knocked down.

Lockland Fire Chief Bill Welshans says the two-alarm fire started in a garbage can near a work station, but none of the employees are smokers, so this was not a case of someone carelessly tossing a lit cigarette into a waste can.

Chief Welshans says firefighters got inside, there was a potentially explosive situation waiting for them. Apparently, there was an acetalyne tank smoldering perilously close to an oxygen tank. Fortunately, the oxygen tank had already been shut off.

"Heavy black smoke throughout the entire building," Chief Welshans said. "They got to the seat of the fire, got the fire knocked down, recognized they had an acetalyne tank that was burning freely so they left it burn, kept the area around it cooled down until it went out. interviewing the person that worked in that area."

"It's a maintenance area so it's possible they might have had some oily rags or something like that might have accidentally been thrown in the wrong container," Welshans said.

The building sustained a lot of heavy smoke damage and some roof damage, as firefighters cut-through it get to that fire. No one got hurt.

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