Evacuation orders lifted after fire extinguished at chemical plant in Glynn Co.

Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 7:36 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2022 at 5:11 PM CST
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GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Evacuation orders for the surrounding neighborhoods have been lifted after a fire was extinguished at a chemical plant in Glynn County on Monday.

The Symrise Chemical Plant was evacuated after multiple explosions were reported Monday morning. One initial explosion and two subsequent explosions happened.

Firefighters had to pull back as the 1.3-million-gallon water supply on scene started to run out.

The sheriff’s office had evacuated Hickory Bluff, Sanctuary Cove, Satilla Shores and Royal Oaks neighborhoods. Two schools were sheltering in place. In total, officials believe about 100 households were evacuated.

Minor injuries to one firefighter have been reported, according to a post on the Glynn County Commission’s Facebook page. That firefighter is stable as of late Monday morning. No civilians have been injured.

Glynn County fire crews confirmed the chemical they were dealing with is hydrogen peroxide pinene. This chemical is used for things such as fragrance in mineral oils.

Helping Glynn County included crews from Camden County, Nahunta, Brunswick, Jekyll Island, Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah Fire. There were also staff from Glynn County Emergency Management, Department of Natural Resources as well as officers from Glynn Cunty Police Department, Glynn County Sheriff’s Office and Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

A Hazmat team from Jacksonville also responded.

The state fire marshal’s office has been called to investigate the cause of the fire and explosions.