Second Machine Fire in 3 Months

Monday, September 8, 2014 @ 02:09 PM gHale

A second blaze in three months caused $10,000 worth of damage after a machine caught fire at Metals USA in Rockford, IL, Wednesday.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the factory area. Workers reported a steel shot blaster machine was on fire inside the factory prompting an evacuation of the building. Fire crews extinguished the fire while additional crews began overhaul and ventilation.

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This was the second fire to occur at the factory in three months.

On July 7, a machine caught fire causing about $12,000 in damage and lost production.

Acting District Chief David Wisniewski said Wednesday the amount of smoke and the paper filters used in the machine made the fire difficult to extinguish. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Metals USA provides a wide range of products and services in the heavy carbon steel, flat-rolled steel, non-ferrous metals, and building products markets.

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