5-Alarm Fire at Anheuser Busch Plant

Thursday, August 3, 2017 @ 01:08 PM gHale

Firefighters responded to a 5-alarm fire at the Anheuser Busch plant in Arnold, MO.

There was a five-alarm fire at the Anheuser Busch can production plant in Arnold, Missouri, Tuesday night.

The plant had a power outage earlier in the day, said Gemma Hart, a spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch. When power ended up restored, a furnace caught fire. The fire then got into the duct work and firefighters worked to pinpoint where the fire was in the facility.

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Fire officials got the call for a three-alarm fire at the Metal Container Corporation on Tenbrook Industrial Park in Arnold came in before 8 p.m., said a spokesman for the Rock Community Fire Protection District.

After crews arrived, officials quickly called for a five-alarm fire.

“We have had structure fires here in the past, quickly put out but they haven’t gone to this magnitude of five alarms,” said Ron Harder with the Rock Community Fire District. “But, the employees did a good job here of evacuation, everybody got out quickly, safely, no injuries, no panic.”

Firefighters called the fire “labor-intensive” because they had to cut through the dry wall and search for the fire.

“The fire got behind a lot of these walls,” Harder said. “Firefighters had to breach walls and open up dry wall and try to search for this fire.”

“All our colleagues at the plant have been evacuated and are safe, with no reported injuries,” Hart said. “The fire department is on site and we are cooperating fully with them. We don’t have any other details to share at this time.”

One firefighter has been taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion.

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