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Fire at Nichols facility causes ‘minimal’ damage

Keywords: Tags  Nichols Aluminum, Quanex Building Products, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, Fred Kruger, fire, Lincolnshire, Illinois, finishing aluminum

CHICAGO — A fire in an external wall at Nichols Aluminum LLC’s Lincolnshire, Ill., facility was quickly extinguished and production was largely unaffected, according to a local fire chief.

The blaze broke out at about 9:20 am local time May 7. Fire crews responded within two minutes, and the blaze was extinguished by approximately 9:40 am, Fire Chief Fred Kruger of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District told AMM.

First responders remained on the scene for approximately 90 to 120 minutes to remove portions of the affected wall and insulation to make sure the fire had not spread, Kruger said. The fire and smoke were largely contained outside of the building, and damage to the structure was “minimal,” he said.

Employees had been evacuated before the firefighters arrived, and there were no injuries. Production at the plant had not been greatly affected, he suggested.

“As far as operation of the company, they were back in service as soon as we got out of their way,” Kruger said.

Nichols Aluminum is a subsidiary of Houston-based Quanex Building Products Corp. The Lincolnshire facility finishes aluminum sheet, according to the company’s web site.

Quanex did not respond for a request for comment May 7.

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