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Fire departments battle tunnel fire at ArcelorMittal

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The Burns Harbor and Chesterton fire departments responded to a fire on Sunday in the sinter building at ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility.

Both departments were dispatched at around 2:45 p.m. to assist ArcelorMittal’s fire protection contractor, AlliedBarton Security Services.

Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney was unable to say how the fire started but told the Chesterton Tribune today that it ignited a coke conveyor in a tunnel in the building.

Arney estimated the tunnel’s length at around 100 feet and said that firefighters, equipped with breathing apparatus, entered the tunnel at either end with hoses, eventually meeting in the middle.

“It was a hard fire,” Arney noted.

Both the BHFD and the CFD cleared the scene at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Posted 9/16/2013