HazMat Crew Responds to Magnesium Fire

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 @ 11:08 AM gHale

A HazMat team ended up called out to a large metal manufacturing facility on Detroit’s east side after a fire broke out at the plant.

The incident unfolded July 25 around 5 a.m. Tuesday at Global Titanium in the area of 7 Mile Road and Mount Elliot Street.

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Crews responded to a fire at the manufacturing facility and discovered magnesium was burning in two scrap containers, said Detroit Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell.

The element reacts with water, creating mini steam explosions, so crews had to use dry sand to smother the flames.

It took crews about an hour to contain the situation, Fornell said. No one suffered an injury in the incident and the building didn’t suffer any damage.

Cause of the incident remains under investigation.

Global Titanium manufactures a variety of titanium products and services, according to the company’s website.

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