Dow Chemical said an early Wednesday lightning strike hit two storage tanks
holding ethyl acetate and butyl acetate at its Bristol coatings plant near
The lightning strike led to a fire, which was safely extinguished by a
combination of on-site emergency response along with local area fire
"Material that escaped the tanks is contained in surround dikes with no
anticipated impact to the community," Dow said in a statement.
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 reports.