1 Hurt in Copley Fire; Roads Reopen

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COPLEY, Ohio — One person was taken to the Akron Children’s Hospital burn unit after suffering injuries in a Copley commercial fire Friday morning.

A dock worker was unloading a tractor-trailer filled with diesel alternative at YRC Motor Freight when it sparked around 9:15 a.m.  The fire ignited an explosion people described as a fireball.

The trucking terminal is located on OH Avenue.

“Everything just started catching on fire, so everyone was evacuated and ran out here to the employee parking lot, I’ve never seen anything like it.  It was real scary,” another worker told Fox 8 News.

YRC Freight released a statement that said, “We are cooperating with the authorities as part of this ongoing investigation”

There was fear of chemical exposure, so the area was evacuated, including a nearby day care.

The children at the Kids Academy of Copley were taken to Copley High School where they were picked up by their parents.

The director, Veronica Fisher, may be reached at (330) 715-3088 for more information.

The fire was contained and roads that were closed have since reopened.

Investigators are looking into the cause.