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Fire breaks out at ArcelorMittal coke battery

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal, Burns Harbor, Ind. plant, coke battery, fire, damage assessment, Porter Country Fire Dept., Burns Harbor Fire Department Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — A fire broke out July 23 in a coal bunker servicing ArcelorMittal USA LLC’s Burns Harbor, Ind. coke battery operation, the company confirmed.

"The fire was extinguished, and there were no injuries as a result of the incident," a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail to AMM. "We are evaluating the damages and potential impact, which is anticipated to be minor, on our coke battery operations."

The Porter County Fire Department was contacted about 1:15 p.m., fire chief Lewis Craig Sr. told AMM, noting that a truck remained at the facility as of 3:45 p.m.

A spokesman at the nearby Burns Harbor Fire Department said trucks had been dispatched from his department around 2 to 2:30 p.m.

ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility, which produces flat-rolled steel and plate, operates two coke batteries capable of producing 1.8 million tons of coke annually, according to the 2012 AISTech directory of iron and steel plants.

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