Fire Damages WV Aluminum Plant

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 04:07 PM gHale

An expensive piece of equipment sustained major damage in a Friday evening fire at the Aleris Aluminum plant in Buckhannon, WV.

The blaze began in a lathe that set fire to the large room where it is located causing oil and hydraulic fluid to ignite, fire officials said.

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Firefighters were able to keep the flames confined to that one area of the building.

Employees told members of the Buckhannon Fire Department rolls of aluminum got jammed and overheated, sparking the fire.

There were no injuries. Damage estimates, which reports indicate could top $2 million, are ongoing.

The fire caused damage inside an approximately 100-by-100 foot room, but there was “no damage to make the building unsafe,” said Buckhannon Fire Chief J.B. Kimble.

Kimble added the sprinkler system had to be shut off in that part of the plant.

“They may be able to isolate the area and have operations in other parts of the building, but that part will not be operational,” Kimble said. “It’s probably a major setback to them because it was a key component to their business.”

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