Firefighters at Peckham Industries in Athens for a reported fire in a liquid asphalt tank Monday. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

ATHENS — Prompt action by employees at Peckham Industries in Athens stopped a fire before it became out of control Monday, Athens Fire Chief Wayne Butterworth said Tuesday.

At about 2:25 p.m., Greene County 911 sent Athens and West Athens-Limestreet Fire Companies to Peckham Industries, 2 Union St., after the company reported that a liquid asphalt tank was on fire in the middle of the terminal, with flames and black smoke showing, Butterworth said.

Before the fire companies arrived at the scene an alert employee was able to shut down the affected equipment, which extinguished the fire, Butterworth said.

The fire was in the exhaust system.

Arriving firefighters checked the tank to make sure the fire had not spread.

There were no injuries in the incident, Butterworth said.

Liquid asphalt cement is a refined petroleum product that gives blacktop its distinctive color, according to the Peckham Industries website.

Peckham has three liquid asphalt terminals located in Athens, the Bronx and Bridgeport, Connecticut.

All fire companies were back in service around 3:10 p.m.

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