MILLINGTON, Tenn. — One person was burned and three others treated for heat exhaustion following a fire and hazardous material situation in Millington.
The fire was quickly extinguished, but one employee was burned on the face.
The four people, all employees, were treated and did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
“By the very nature of what they do we are frequently out here on pre-fire planning anyway and some training that we do with them,” said Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department. “It can be a dangerous environment, but they’ve got a lot of good specialists out here.”
Crews said they have not confirmed what chemical caught on fire, so as a precaution they decontaminated about three dozen employees.
“We do know that it was an organic compound at this point, and the steps being taken to mitigate that and get everything back to normal are being carried out,” Perkins said.
Officials were confident that there isn’t an immediate threat to anyone in the area. Victory Lane at Fite Road was closed as a precaution.
Tradebe’s CEO released a statement saying the company continually assesses its safety protocols.
“While the services offered by Tradebe are a necessity, our team is aware of the risks within the industry and, therefore, continually assesses and improves upon its safety and compliance protocols in the management and recycling of waste. Tradebe values and respects the response efforts of the Shelby County Fire Department team, as well as their sharing of Tradebe’s commitment to the safety and protection of the community and the environment,” Tradebe USA’s CEO, Jeff Beswick, said.