firefighters responded Monday night to a trailer and dumpster fire at
Fire Chief Bill
Arney told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that, around 8:30
p.m., there was a “pop” in the slag pit near the castors, when waste molten
metal apparently came into contact with an infiltration of moisture. The
eruption ignited an office trailer and dumpster located near the slag pit,
whose size Arney estimated at 80’ x 50’.
On arrival, Arney
called a first alarm, mustering assistance from the Porter and Portage FDs,
and using the equipment of ArcelorMittal’s contracted fire protection
service, Allied Universal, firefighters flowed approximately 1,000 gallons
of water to extinguish the two fires.
Arney said that no
one was injured and added that the blaze was relatively minor, more of a
“nuisance fire” than anything else.
released the following statement on Monday’s incident: “Around 9 p.m. last
evening at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, casting conditions allowed iron to go
to the slag pit which resulted in a minor eruption. There were no injuries
and the facility continues normal operation.”
The BHFD cleared
the scene at 9:46 p.m.
The Burns Harbor,
Porter, and Chesterton FDs last responded to ArcelorMittal on Feb. 5, after
a power failure at the coke battery resulted in a series of small fires atop