Explosion, Fire Hit IN Factory

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 03:08 PM gHale

A malfunction in a heating machine led to an explosion and fire at an east side factory in Indianapolis, IN, early Tuesday.

Firefighters got the call to go to MidAmerica Extrusions on Aluminum Drive shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

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The factory specializes in heating up and molding aluminum. An oven that heats the aluminum to one thousand degrees reportedly malfunctioned and sent a fireball toward the ceiling of the plant.

The fire then ended up sucked into a power air vent which caught a section of the roof on fire, fire officials said.

Workers tried to fight the blaze themselves at first, but called the fire department when they realized they could not reach the flames once they got into the ceiling.

Employees evacuated and there were no reports of injuries. Factory damage estimates are at $20,000.

Fire investigators said the company will shut down the process until state workplace safety officials can inspect the equipment involved in the fire.

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