WILLIAMSPORT, PA - Fire broke out at chemical company Lonza Inc.’s Williamsport, PA, plant on Sunday, July 21, according to an article in the “Williamsport Sun-Gazette.” All employees made it out safely, and no one was injured in the blaze.
The article quoted Eric Smith, Platoon Chief with the city's bureau of fire, who said, “Chemical manufacturing facilities are one of the worst places to have a fire. We were very fortunate today.”
The fire began on the northeast corner of the facility in Building 13, according to the news report. Lonza officials stated that the building was a non-hazardous manufacturing area, and the fire did not pose a risk to the neighboring community.
Lonza’s company website states that the Williamsport plant employs 150 people and produces chemicals for applications that include food additives, water treatment, personal care products, and household and industrial cleaners.