Chemical Safety Incidents
Heat Treating Plant Catches Fire
Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 05:08 PM gHale
Firefighters extinguished an early Wednesday morning blaze at the Industrial Heat Treating plant in North Quincy, MA.
The call for the one-alarm fire first came in at 6 a.m., when a quantity of “hot metal objects” fell onto a stack of wooden pallets and ignited them, said Deputy Chief Gary Smyth.
A pair of workers were moving the objects across a work space in the middle of the building “as part of the heating process” when the accident occurred, Smyth said.
He said the blaze created heavy smoke, but that no workers or firefighters suffered any injuries.
“We knocked it down pretty quick,” Smyth said, so all the smoke and water damage remained confined to the center of the building’s interior. He had no immediate damage estimate but he said it would be low.
Industrial Heat Treating began as a World War II industry in 1942. The company provides metal treatment services to a range of customers, from medical and food industry firms to musical instruments and safety alarm systems.
The heat treating and annealing processes include aluminum and other metals, and open fire and vacuum treating.