Dow Chemical said an early Wednesday lightning strike hit
two storage tanks holding ethyl acetate and butyl acetate at
its Bristol coatings plant near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The lightning strike led to a fire, which was safely
extinguished by a combination of on-site emergency response
along with local area fire companies.
"Material that escaped the tanks is contained in surround
dikes with no anticipated impact to the community," Dow said in
The fire broke out at 3:35 a.m. local time at the Bristol
plant. Employees at the site were evacuated and none were
injured, Dow said.
However, a member of the Bristol fire department suffered a
heart attack and died shortly afterwards, according to media