Gas tank catches fire at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions in Scotia

GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A gas tank blast at an asphalt plant in Schenectady County rattles windows and residents nerves!

The incident causing rising concern because it happened less than one year after a fatal explosion killed two workers.

It was around 6:30 a.m. when witnesses said they heard what sounded like an explosion near the Mohawk River.

Fire crews were called to the Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions plant off of Freeman’s Bridge Road.

Crews arrived and knocked down a fire in a fuel tank.

No one was hurt.

“More or less a fire tar products burning,” Chief Garth Riccio said.

Next door at the Hilton Homewood Suites, guests who heard the loud noise were evacuated.

Lisa Roberts lives nearby she took this video of the smoke filling the sky from her home.

“The house shook a little bit. At first, I thought something fell off the roof,” Roberts said.

The incident did more than just rattle windows and nerves. It’s causing deep concern. That’s because it’s been less than one year since the last incident at the plant when two workers died.

Joe Nichols, of Amsterdam, and Alfred Crowter, of Mayfield, died from severe burns after a tanker explosion. The Gorman Group which owns the plant was ordered to pay a fine for violations.

“They did a lot of training after the last incident and everybody evacuated immediately which was the right thing to do,” Riccio said.

Still, the DEC and OSHA involved once again.

The manager of the hotel said that he had no knowledge of the previous incident, that the fire alone has him a bit concerned.

Roberts, who lives blocks away, saying much the same.

“They might want to do some more investigating.”

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the company for comment regarding safety concerns. The person who answered the phone said “no comment” and hung up.

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