Fire re-ignites at Mount Vernon chemical plant

Flames re-ignited Tuesday morning at the same Mount Vernon chemical plant that caught fire Friday night.

Mount Vernon police and firefighters were called at 9:45 to the KEM Chemical Company building on South Fulton Avenue. Firefighters say the small fire, sparked by tar, was contained to the roof.

Fire officials say it is not uncommon to have small pockets of fire that continue to smolder in a building the size of the chemical plant. Since the building is unstable and slated for demolition, firefighters are unable to enter it to locate all rekindling fires.

Health officials have declared the air safe to breathe around the chemical warehouse. They will continue to monitor air quality during the demolition of the building. Mt.Vernon cautious over chemical plant demolitionAirtests clear after Mt. Vernon chemical plant fire

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