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Penn A Kem eases community fears after mishap

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis chemical plant Penn A Kem is hoping to ease fears in the north part of the city a few weeks after one person died and several other employees suffered critical burns and injuries after a Sept. 24 explosion inside the plant.

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson invited neighborhood residents to ask questions to company and county leaders about just how safe the plant currently is.

Twelve employees inside at the time of the fire and explosion. First responders said employees were transferring Methyl Alcohol and Furfurylamine from one container to another container when the chemicals exploded. The plant's sprinkler system suppressed and contained the fire and chemicals.

There was no HAZMAT issue for the surrounding community, though the neighborhood as rocked awake to the sounds of booms coming from inside the plant during the early morning explosion and fire.

The fire department is working with Penn A Chem to continue to ensure safety of the plant and surrounding community.

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