Chemical spill, fire at Tulsa County's Sulzer Chemtech forces evacuation of nearby businesses

SAPULPA -- A nitric acid-fueled fire at a Tulsa County chemical plant was extinguished shortly after 10 p.m., according to Sapulpa police.

The fire caused minimal damage to the Sulzer Chemtech building, and according to a company spokesperson, Sulzer is open Friday for "business as usual." 

Multiple agencies responded to the blaze, including Tulsa Hazmat and Kiefer police. Officials cleared the scene around midnight.

The fire, which reportedly began around 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Sulzer Chemtech, forced the evacuation of several motels and nearby businesses and residences as a southerly wind pushed potentially hazardous smoke into the area near New Sapulpa Road and the Turner Turnpike.

Sapulpa police blocked off the area for several hours as multiple agencies worked to put out the flames and dam up the nitric acid spill. Crews contained the runoff to keep it from contaminating the storm water system. Officials also monitored PH levels throughout the operation and say levels remained safe. 

No injuries were reported.

Investigators will be on the scene Friday to determine the cause of the fire.

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