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Possible explosion at Akron Coating and Adhesive Monday night

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Akron Coating and Adhesive Fire
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Posted at 12:07 AM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-25 08:40:40-04

AKRON, Ohio — Akron firefighters are investigating a hazardous materials fire Monday night.

The fire started at Akron Coating and Adhesive Inc. on Stanton Road around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Akron Fire Department Lt. Sierjie Lash says one employee was inside the business and reported what sounded like a possible explosion. The employee was able to get out of the building safely.

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Possible explosion at Akron Coating and Adhesive Monday night

Akron Fire officials blocked off half a block surrounding the building and evacuated homes inside that perimeter.

Firefighters were unable to enter the building because of the hazardous materials inside. Fire officials say Akron Coating and Adhesive employees were there to advise firefighters.

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Possible explosion at Akron Coating and Adhesive Monday night

Akron Fire did send a drone equipped with a camera up to survey the scene safely.