Emergency officials for Cincinnati are asking residents of the Riverside neighborhood to shelter in place and turn off their HVAC systems after a barge caught fire on the Ohio River on March 29.
In a series of tweets from the city's Emergency Communication Center (ECC), officials says the barge fire is "smoky due to diesel fuel involved, but there are no other known hazardous materials involved."
Emergency #CincyAlert – Due to barge fire on Ohio River east of 5495 River Road, nearby residents should shelter in place and turn off HVAC. Update to follow.— Cincinnati 911 (@Cincy911) March 29, 2023
The fire is smoky due to diesel fuel involved, but there are no other known hazardous materials involved.— Cincinnati 911 (@Cincy911) March 29, 2023
The Cincinnati Police Department has shut down the 5400-5600 block of River Road to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and is urging people to stay away from the area due to heavy smoke.
About 100 miles south of Cincinnati in Louisville, another barge carrying 1,400 tons of methanol broke free from its tug on March 28.
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