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TriTown fire departments assist at coal bunker fire at ArcelorMittal

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All of the Tri-Towns’ fire departments responded on Tuesday to a fire in a coal bunker at ArcelorMittal’s coke battery operation in Burns Harbor, assisting the company’s contracted fire service, AlliedBarton Security Services.

No one was injured in the blaze, ArcelorMittal said in a statement released late on Tuesday.

On the ground was the Burns Harbor department’s tower truck, which Capt. Rob Wesley estimated flowed between 20,000 and 25,000 gallons of water into the bunker. “It was a pretty good fire,” Wesley said, “and we worked the hell out of our aerial.”

“We also did some ventilation and overhaul,” Wesley added. “And a good job was done by all.”

The BHFD was on the scene for some two and a half hours, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Both the Chesterton and Porter fire departments were on standby at AlliedBarton’s station.

“We are currently evaluating the damages and potential impact on our coke battery operations,” which is anticipated to be minor,” ArcelorMittal said.


Posted 7/24/2013