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June 7, 2014

Fire contained at AP Green in MAIP

PRYOR, OK — An explosion at Pryor’s AP Green triggered immediate action from emergency crews Friday.

Pryor’s Assistant Fire Chief BK Young said the alarm sounded around 9:04 a.m., dispatching all available units to AP Green, located in the MidAmerica Industrial Park.

“The furnace they melt and hold glass in exploded, so to speak,” said Young. “The molten glass caught all the combustibles around the furnace on fire.”

Young said Grand River Dam Authority shut off power to the plant while fire fighters battled the blaze.

“There were no injuries, fire fighters or employees,” said Young, adding that Mayes Emergency Service Trust Authority had a unit on scene just in case.

The plant’s employees were evacuated from that portion of the building.

Young said the fire did not pose an immediate danger to other facilities in the industrial park, but that the largest threat was the molten glass which is highly flammable.

“The fire took about an hour to completely extinguish,” said Chouteau Fire Chief Ted Key. “When it blew, you could feel the ground shake.”

According to its website, AP Green, a part of ANH Refractories, is a full line supplier of refractory products and services. AP Green makes products for the iron and steel, aluminum, cement, copper, glass and hydrocarbon and minerals processing industries.

Young said the combined efforts of Pryor and Chouteau fire departments extinguished the fire fairly quickly, eliminating the risk of fire spreading to neighboring facilities.

“We’d really rather not publicize anything on our shortcomings or equipment failures,” said AP Green plant manager Nate Warren. “It was simply equipment failure, which happens in the industry.”

He said new equipment is on the way and they hope to get back to work soon, adding all employees are safe which is what is most important to them.

“It really wasn’t a huge deal, but any time you have to call the fire department just in case people get worried, so we do appreciate the concern,” said Warren. “Actually the fire department didn’t do a single thing out here. There was no fire to extinguish. But they’re response was amazing, I do appreciate all those guys.”

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