Fire crews fought a three-alarm blaze this morning at Aerosonic, 1212 Hercules Ave. N. in Clearwater.
A hazmat team was called because of leaking acid drums, according to fire officials. City spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said the fire was "suspicious in nature" and that its cause was being investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (if ATF is there so is the FBI).
Clearwater Fire & Rescue received the call at 11:13 p.m, spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said in a news release, and 26 units and more than 75 firefighters responded, including support from other local fire districts.According to its Web site, Aerosonic has supplied precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft for more than 50 years.
Daly-Watts said firefighters were expected to be at the scene for several hours.
The cause of the fire is under investigation
From Aerosonic Webpage; Since our company’s founding in 1953, we have grown to be a leader in aviation instrumentation and avionics equipment – including integrated cockpit displays, digital and mechanical standby displays, sensors and probes. Our customers include the major manufacturers of today’s civil and business fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms as well as all branches of the U.S. military forces.
US Government Awards Aerosonic Corp Blackhawk contract, Potential value $4.1 million over five-year period. Aerosonic Corporation (AMEX:AIM), a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, announced today that the company has been awarded a new contract to supply indicators to the US Military through Defense Supply Center Richmond, which serves as the lead center for aviation weapon systems and primary supply source to support these systems for the US Armed Forces. The indicators are standard equipment for the UH 60 Blackhawk Helicopter. The Company also manufactures a state of the art Air Data Test Set used by aircraft OEMS, repair centers and the U.S. Military
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