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Fire at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor

Written by Sandy Williams

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor experienced a fire on a raw material conveyor on Oct. 27. The fire, which started at about 7:20 p.m., was quickly contained.

No injuries were involved and there was no disruption to blast furnace operations. Alternative methods of handling raw materials are being used while the conveyor belt is repaired.

“There is no expected impact on meeting the needs of any of our valued customers,” said a spokesperson for ArcelorMittal.

According to a report by the Chesterton Tribune, by time Burns Harbor firefighters arrived the blaze had extended beyond the conveyor belt to the conveyor house building.

“The mill workers did an excellent job confining the fire as soon as it was discovered,” said Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney.”They cut the power, stopped the conveyor, and isolated it. For what it was, the fire was knocked down pretty quickly once we got the manpower.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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