Fire Disrupts Ohio Blender


A fire last week at Fiske Brothers Toledo, Ohio, lubricants plant resulted in no injuries but caused approximately $8,000 in damages, according to the local fire department. Plant operators and fire crews quickly contained the blaze.

My understanding is that workers emptied a brick heating vessel – which may have had a leak – and some of the residue caught on fire, resulting in a quick flash fire that the plant operators were mostly able to contain, Toledo Fire and Rescue Departments public information officer, Mat Hertzfeld, told Lube Report. No one was injured, and weve estimated the damage at around $8,000.

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Fiske Brothers did not respond to Lube Reports inquiries by deadline. The Newark, N.J.-headquartered lube manufacturer makes Lubriplate brand petroleum- and synthetic-based grease, hydraulic fluids, gear oils, metalworking fluids, automotive lubricants, spray lubricants, and more at its Toledo facility.

The Toledo Fire Department did not know what precisely caused the incident on March 26, or what the residue that caught fire was composed of, but will likely not conduct an investigation, Hertzfeld said, noting the department considered it a relatively routine incident that commonly occurs in manufacturing plants.

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