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BHFD: Trailer and dumpster fires at Arcelor slag pit

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Burns Harbor firefighters responded Monday night to a trailer and dumpster fire at ArcelorMittal.

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.

ArcelorMittal 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 the battery.


Posted 2/26/2019





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