According to Cleveland.com, a fire broke out at the Republic Steel plant in Lorain, Ohio around 2 p.m. on November 30. The plant was in the “hot commissioning” phase of steel production when flames shot upwards through the upper decks of the building. The flames grew after “[a] heat source found its way into the oxygen supply system for a new electrical arc furnace,” according to the Lorain Fire Department Captain.
Approximately 12 workers were present in the plant when the fire broke out. Of those 12, five suffered injuries such as “burns, broken bones, cuts and scrapes and smoke inhalation” according to the Captain. Emergency crews rushed the injured to Mercy Regional Medical Center. Thankfully, the fire crews extinguished the blaze in less than an hour without any injuries to their team.
The damages will likely amount to upwards of one million dollars, according to the Captain’s estimate. Earlier this month, Republic Steel was the talk of the town for investing $85.2 million to reopen the plant they had closed in 2008 and to install a brand new arc furnace. The investment would create 450 jobs to the Lorain community. A rebounding auto industry and a speculative oil boom have increased demand for Ohio-based steel. The newly installed arc furnace fed oxygen to the flames resulting in a “huge blow torch,” according to the captain.
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