Fire destroys Pennsylvania warehouse; runoff carries chemicals into creek

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CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania — A fire in suburban Philadelphia has destroyed a warehouse, and state environmental officials are overseeing the cleanup because chemicals in the building were washed out into a storm drain and nearby creek.

The early morning fire Sunday at Conshohocken in Montgomery County took firefighters hours to put out.

Officials say the warehouse had some petroleum based chemicals and runoff was entering the storm drain and Plymouth Creek. They told WPVI they don't believe the runoff poses a health risk to residents nearby.

The building contained flooring material for the Philadelphia Floor Store and Centex, a window blinds company.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury to one of his hands.

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