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Voluntary evacuations lifted, Mauldin Road back open after chemical fire

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New Life chemicals, where the fire started. (June 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) New Life chemicals, where the fire started. (June 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
First responders along Mauldin Rd. at North Kings Rd. (June 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) First responders along Mauldin Rd. at North Kings Rd. (June 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
First responders along Mauldin Rd. at North Kings Rd. (June 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) First responders along Mauldin Rd. at North Kings Rd. (June 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

All of the voluntary evacuations have been lifted and Mauldin Road is back open after a chemical fire on Friday.

Dispatchers said the fire alarm went off about 5:27 a.m. from New Life Chemical plant, which is located at Mauldin and North Kings roads just north of Interstate 85.

Gantt Fire Chief Jay Mitchell said a small fire broke out in the area of 8,000 pounds of sodium hydro sulfite inside the plant. He said the chemicals were kept in drums in a mixing room at the chemical plant, and 5,000 pounds were involved in the fire.

The fire was extinguished with a type of soda ash they had at the plant, but crews had to monitor the air quality as there was a large white cloud coming from the building almost to I-85 at first, Mitchell said.

In order to make sure the chemical drift cloud was contained, Mitchell said they issued a wide evacuation order to ensure the chemical was neutralized.

They monitored the air quality and confirmed it was good and slowly lifted the voluntary evacuations for everyone, Mitchell said.

A private contractor was brought in to clean up the chemical and damage. Mitchell said no one was injured in the fire.

Voluntary evacuations were issued for the areas of Mauldin and Wenwood, Parkins Mill and Windmont, and Pleasantburg and Mauldin. Residents were notified by reverse 911 calls.

Mauldin Road was closed to traffic between South Pleasantburg Drive and Parkins Mill Road south of I-85 and opened back up a little before 11 a.m.

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