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Clorox Plant Blaze Closes Highways, Injures Three

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 7:07am

Clorox plant fire 
Firefighters battled a blaze at the Clorox plant that shut down highways and produced a big smoke cloud, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, in Forest Park, Ga. Dark plumes of smoke were rising near the junction of Interstates 75 and 285 south of Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, John Spink)
FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a blaze at a Clorox plant in Forest Park that temporarily shut down highways because of billowing smoke started when pine oil ignited on a loading dock.

The ignition caused an explosion and two fires reported around 9 a.m. Thursday. Forest Park Deputy Fire Chief Matt Jackson says one of the fires burned in a storage shed and the other in a coolant station.

Three employees were treated for minor injuries.

Authorities closed I-285 at Riverdale Road and I-75 at Cleveland Avenue, diverting traffic to side streets. The highways reopened about 10:25 a.m. after the fires were extinguished.

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