Fighting Dust Fire Means Standing By

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @ 11:08 AM gHale


A dust fire forced multiple fire departments to respond to the OSCO Industries foundry in Jackson, OH, Tuesday.

Firefighters got the call at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, to stand by in case the fire got out of hand.

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“We didn’t go inside the building, the dust fire burned itself out,” said Jackson Fire Chief David Channell. “It was a dust fire. It has happened before in the same spot.”

“(Plant personnel) didn’t want us to go inside and spray water and stir the dust up because that creates more of a chance for an explosion. If you stir that dust up, it goes into the air and goes into flames it will explode. The plant personnel just let it burn itself out. They had us on standby until it burned itself out. We just stood by until plant personnel checked everything out and gave us permission to be released. Nobody was hurt and there was no damage to the plant,” Channell said.

Mutual aid came from Liberty Township and Coalton Volunteer Fire Departments just in case. Units from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department and the Jackson County EMS also responded to the scene.

“It’s a scary thing at first, but it’s just black dust in there from the foundry laying on steel beams and etc. in the highest part of the building,” Channell said. “Wednesday the plant was back in operation.”

Firefighters cleared the scene at 6:30 p.m.