A May 9 fire at a nylon 6/6 plant operated by Ascend Performance Materials in Pensacola, Fla., was the second at the site in five days.
No one was hurt in either fire. Firefighters responded to the May 9 fire around 4 p.m., according to a report in the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal.
"There were two, separate events that occurred last week," an Ascend spokesperson said in a May 11 email to Plastics News. "Both were confined to individual areas of the site."
Smoke was visible when firefighters arrived, the report said, but flames were only visible inside the building. The fire was under control in a little more than an hour.
The location of the May 9 fire was different than the one reported May 5, according to the article. The May 5 fire was confirmed by company officials in Houston on a Twitter post shortly after 11 a.m. on that date.
"We continue to operate under the force majeure declaration in connection with polymer, compounds and industrial fibers, since we're still recovering from the February freeze that occurred in the Houston area," the spokesperson added.
Ascend makes nylon 6/6 resins and compounds in Pensacola. The plant previously had operated under force majeure in late 2020 and early 2021 after a November power outage.
Ascend employs 2,600 and operates nine global locations, including five fully integrated manufacturing facilities in the southeastern U.S. and a compounding plant in the Netherlands.