Fire at OR Alloy Firm

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 05:08 PM gHale

A fire that started Tuesday morning continued to smolder Wednesday at the ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (Wah Chang) complex in Millersburg, OR.

A fire which started Tuesday morning continued to smolder into Wednesday at the ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (Wah Chang) complex in Millersburg, OR.

The fire was first reported at 11:16 a.m. at a material staging area on the Specialty Alloys and Components property, which is within a federal Superfund site, said Albany Fire Department officials.

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Although the fire remains under investigation, ATI does not believe any hazardous substances associated with the site were involved, the fire officials said.

The fire impacted a flatbed trailer along with staging materials, including clean fiberglass ducting, then moved through grass and a wooded area, the adjacent Simpson Park and property belonging to International Paper. Dozens of mid-Willamette Valley firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the blaze, which sent a huge plume of black smoke into the air. Ash fell over much of Albany.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital with a nonserious injury.

Three acres of Simpson Park were burned, charring areas of grass, blackberries and other vegetation on its north side, said Marilyn Smith, city spokeswoman.

Crews contained the fire at 3 p.m. Tuesday, but stayed at the scene overnight to mop up hot spots. The Albany Fire Department and other local agencies completed their work Wednesday.

Future visible smoke from the site is possible, as a settling pond with layers of wood pulp burned during the fire, fire officials said. ATI will continue to provide water suppression to the International Paper property site until it is determined that it’s safe to stop.



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