Explosion Hits Beverage Container Plant

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 @ 08:05 PM gHale

Workers at a Monticello, IN, metal factory ended up evacuated Friday after a fire broke out.

Monticello Fire Chief Galen Logan said the fire began in an oven around 1 a.m. Friday and spread to the factory’s ductwork. An explosion in the ductwork then caused the fire to spread throughout the entire ducting system and out the roof.

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Logan said four Monticello firefighters received minor injuries from the blaze and ended up treated on scene. No Ball Metal employees suffered an injury.

Firefighters said fighting the fire was difficult due to the ducting intertwining with other plumbing and piping. Another issue was the ductwork ended up wrapped in insulation which made it difficult for crews to locate hot spots. Officials added the fire ended up fueled by accumulated residue from the ovens caked inside of the duct work.

Forty-seven firefighters from six departments assisted until 5:23 a.m. There was a report of a rekindle around 6 a.m., but firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly without any further damage to the building.

Logan said it looks like the plant received hundreds of thousands dollars worth of damage.

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