Gas Blast at Steel Plant

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 05:02 PM gHale

A gas explosion on Sunday afternoon destroyed a building on the grounds of the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Steelton, PA, officials said.

No one suffered an injury in the explosion and subsequent fire, which ended up reported after 1 p.m. Sunday.

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The gas leak started in a building approximately 45-by-50 feet and sees use partly as a washroom, said Steelton Mayor Thomas Acri. No one was inside the building at the time of the explosion. The cause of the gas leak remains under investigation.

The fire went to a second alarm and brought more than 90 first responders to the grounds of the steel plant. Officials from UGI Utilities were also on scene to investigate and help firefighters, who were battling a few hot spots.

The American Red Cross also arrived to assist first responders with beverages and refreshments.

The steel plant was came on line in 1867 and was formerly part of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. ArcelorMittal officials said the plant was the first built specifically for the production of steel in the United States.

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