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ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor fire did not affect production

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NEW YORK — A fire at ArcelorMittal USA LLC’s Burns Harbor, Ind., facility did not interrupt production.

The Sept. 15 blaze began at about 2:40 p.m. local time on a conveyor unit that carries reverted materials to the sinter plant, a company spokesman told AMM in an e-mail.

"The minor fire did not interrupt iron or steel production at the facility and therefore poses no threat to our ability to meet customer demand," he said. "Burns Harbor, Porter, Portage, Chesterton and Washington Township Fire Departments assisted the ArcelorMittal fire crew in extinguishing the fire. At 5:30 p.m., the fire was under control."

The company said no employees were injured as a result of the fire, but one contractor firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fully integrated steelmaking facility specializes in hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated-sheet products. It operates two blast furnaces and is capable of producing 4.7 million tons of raw steel annually, according to its website.

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