MT. OLIVER (KDKA) — Firefighters and a Hazmat team were called to a scary situation at the Penn American Water treatment plant on Monday afternoon.READ MORE: Parents Losing Patience Over Bus Driver Shortage
Fast-acting employees deserve the credit for containing the small fire that broke out around 2:15 p.m. at the plant on Becks Run Road in Mount Oliver.
Baldwin Borough and Mount Oliver Fire Departments both responded.
A senior supervisor for Pennsylvania American Water says the fire started in an electrical outlet.READ MORE: Crews Search Washington County For Missing 65-Year-Old John Ruffing
The outlet was in the containment room where chemicals are pumped from. Those chemicals are used in the water treatment process. One of the chemicals leaked from a pipe and into the electrical outlet, officials said.
“The chemical nature of the compound that we have is sodium permanganate. It can be a combustible material in its liquid form, but just one precautionary measure to make sure there are no other hazards,” said Kent Shrontz, a senior supervisor at Penn American Water.
Allegheny County’s Hazmat team was called in to make sure the chemical was contained.MORE NEWS: Allegheny County Reports 5 COVID-19 Outbreaks, 6 Clusters In Schools
An employee spokesperson tells KDKA that because they had a fire extinguisher on hand, they were able to contain the fire quickly without any evacuations or any interruption to water service.