NCFD respond to Mead Westvaco for possible explosion

(Brandon Geier/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- North Charleston firefighters are responding to an incident at the Mead Westvaco plant on Virginia Avenue.

According to spokesperson Bianca Sancic with the NCFD, the initial call was a possible explosion which turned out to not be the case.

"Current information indicates a 250,000 gallon tank of Tall oil ruptured in the facility," Sancic said in a press release. "Firefighters from the facility, North Charleston, Charleston and St. Andrews fire departments are on scene along with a representative. DHEC Units are working to limit the risk of fire as crews initiate cleanup."

The fire has been contained and there is no threat to any nearby structures.

While other reports indicate that the incident was at Kapstone, according to Sancic, it is at Mead Westvaco. The facilities are next to each other.

The following statement was sent by a spokesperson for MeadWestvaco:At approximately 10 am today, there was a fire at the MWV Specialty Chemicals, Charleston, S.C., facility. A rupture occurred at the top of a storage tank containing crude tall oil (a by-product of pine trees), and no product was released. The cause is currently under investigation. One person was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

A company spokesperson said just before 3 p.m. that cleanup efforts are continuing at the plant. Also, fire and emergency crews have left the scene.

We will update this story as more details become available.