Feedstock Feeds Steel Mill Fire

Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 02:07 PM gHale

A fire starting from a material feedstock pile led to a blaze Wednesday at a steel plant near Seguin, TX.

The fire started at 5:30 a.m. at the CMC Steel Texas facility just east of San Antonio.

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CMC Steel officials said the fire started on one of its material feedstock piles. The fire was out of control and numerous agencies responded. The fire grew but remained within the pile and did not spread to any buildings, said City of Seguin spokesperson Morgan Ash.

A large plume of smoke was visible for miles, but Seguin city officials said there were no evacuations. There have been no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Commercial Metals Company issued the following statement:

“This morning, July 29, at approximately 5:30 am, CMC Steel TX identified and initiated action to control a fire on one of its material feedstock piles. Local fire departments were contacted immediately and are assisting in extinguishing the fire. The company has also contacted the appropriate authorities and ongoing efforts continue to assure that there is no threat to human health or the environment.

“The fire is isolated from people and other equipment, and there are no reported injuries at this time. No other buildings at the facility or the surrounding area are threatened. The cause of today’s fire has not yet been determined but a thorough investigation will be conducted once the fire is completely extinguished.”