A spark thrown by a shear on Wednesday caused a small fire at Steel Cities
Steels at 395 Melton Road, the Burns Harbor Fire Department said.
Fire Chief Bill Arney told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 1:45
p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a structural fire at the
processing facility. On their arrival, employees had knocked down most of
the fire, which began when a spark thrown by a steel shear ignited oily rags
in a garbage can. The fire then caught a wall on fire.
Firefighters used a water can to finish the job and performed a small amount
Arney estimated damage at $500.
The BHFD cleared the scene at 2:03 p.m.
Earlier in the day, at 10:08 a.m., the BHFD assisted AlliedBarton
firefighters after a natural gas line ruptured in the boiler room of
ArcelorMittal’s corporate building in Burns Harbor.
The building was evacuated and firefighters shut off the gas line. A company
utility service crew was then called to repair the breach.
The BHFD cleared the scene at 11:30 a.m.