Metal Shavings Ignite at MN Steel Plant

Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 04:02 PM gHale

A spark from a cutting tool being used too close to combustible metal led to a three-alarm blaze early Wednesday at the Alliance Steel plant in Minneapolis, MN, officials said.

In addition to the industrial blaze, firefighters ended up battling below-zero temperatures and windchills nearing -30.

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A bin filled with aluminum caught fire, said crews at the scene. Due to the location of the bin it was difficult for firefighters to get at it. Four people were inside the building at the time, and all were able to get out safely. Eventually the nature of the fire, size of the warehouse and brutal conditions elevated the call to three alarms. More than 40 firefighters responded to battle the blaze.

“Aluminum shavings in a pile; it’s almost like putting a pile of hay on fire. Real hard to get out, real hard to impede,” said Adam Graves, a firefighter with the Minneapolis Fire Department in a published report. There were no injuries in the blaze.

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