Council receives report on ProServe fires

Study results are in, after a series of recent fires at a Mid-South chemical plant.  The ProServe plant on Brooks road caught fire several times last month.  The plant manufactured agricultural chemicals, prompting health concerns from neighbors and the crews that battled the fires.

Members of the Memphis City Council asked for answers after receiving calls about health concerns stemming from the fire.  Tuesday, the heads of three agencies said council committee members that so far, there is no evidence that the fire put anyone's health at risk.

Officials said almost immediately after the first fire at the plant, experts from the EPA, as well as a private firm, were monitoring pollutants in the air.  Thirteen firefighters who were in the "hot zone" reported some breathing difficulties shortly after the fire.  However, initial tests showed their health was not affected, and Dr. Helen Morrow with the Shelby County Health Department said she doesn't expect that to change.

"To date, we have nothing to indicate that there are any long term effects from this fire," she said, "and there should not be any effects on the neighborhoods."

Still, while initial testing looks good, all experts agreed there are no guarantees.  Officials said they will continue to monitor conditions at and around the plant, and will keep council members up to date on the situation.