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DuPont plant evacuated after smoke fills building

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 12:01:06-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Oil dripping on hot equipment prompted an evacuation at the DuPont Spruance plant on Jeff Davis Highway on Thursday morning.

The Tyvek® building, the building that was evacuated, is located about a quarter mile from the plant’s front entrance.

“All employees were accounted for. There were no injuries,” a DuPont spokesperson said.

Chesterfield and Richmond fire crews responded to the plant at about 9:15 a.m. The situation was deemed under control just before 11 a.m.

Just because the situation was under control, the work is not done.

Fire crews worked to shut down a steam line and that could take several hours. Once the line is closed, firefighters can go into the building and start overhauling any area that involved with oil containment or smoldering fire, Chesterfield Deputy Fire Marshall Charles Knowles said.

Knowles said his crews could be on the scene for well into Thursday afternoon.