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Evraz reports no impact on production from fire at Pueblo mill

Written by Ethan Bernard

Evraz North America said there was no impact on production from a fire that broke out at its Pueblo., Colo., steel mill on Friday.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, the steelmaker said “manufacturing operations have resumed, all employees are safe, and there has been no hazardous-substance impact on the surrounding community.”

The company said the fire started on Friday “in a building used for staging and storage of non-hazardous materials.”

“The fire was 100% contained by Friday night and was limited to the storage building and surrounding area. The cause of the fire is under investigation,” Evraz NA said.

Evraz NA noted that the fire did not affect steelmaking operations or the onsite rolling mills. “The incident will not impact the company’s ability to fulfill customer orders on time,” Evraz NA said.

“Mill operations restarted on Sunday, April 7, following a 36-hour pause. Additionally, the fire did not affect the construction of Evraz North America’s new state-of-the-art long rail mill,” the company added.

Evraz commented that a number of air quality tests show there are no indications that any hazardous substances were released. The company said it “continues to closely collaborate with health officials as reviews continue and will work with those agencies to publicly release any additional findings as they become available.”

“We are deeply appreciative of the dedicated efforts of all involved in swiftly addressing the situation and safeguarding our employees and community,” James “Skip” Herald, president and CEO of EVRAZ NA, said in the statement.

Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel in Pueblo houses an EAF and makes rail, wire rod, and seamless oil country tubular goods (OCTG).

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