Foundry Fire Injures Two

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 01:02 PM gHale

A furnace blew up and burned a hole through the roof at the Meltec Foundry on Harbor Island, WA, Monday leaving a worker and a Seattle firefighter injured.

“This is a large-scale furnace. It’s described to me as big as a small office,” said Seattle fire spokesman Kyle Moore.

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Witnesses said during the rush to put the fire out, a firefighter didn’t notice boiling hot water and molten metal that had spewed onto the foundry floor.

“He jumped in there, and one of our guys tried to tell him not to, and he burned the bottom of his feet,” said employee and witness Ivan Wicker.

The firefighter ended up pulled out with second-degree burns on his feet and taken to Harborview Medical Center. A mayday call went out and more crews arrived at the building to find a worker also suffered an injury.

“We found him in one of the break rooms. He suffered splatter injuries from the boiling water and metal landing on him,” Moore said.

The employee, a man in his 30s, went to Harborview with second-degree burns. Both men should be OK, officials said. All other workers safely evacuated.

Wicker said in four years, the fire was the biggest he’d seen at the foundry.

Seattle fire is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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