NEW YORK A fire
at Republic Steel Co.s Lorain, Ohio, mill has taken the
facilitys new furnace out of commission and sent five
employees to the hospital, but the mills rolling and
finishing operations have not been affected, the company
director of operations at the mill, said the Nov. 30 fire
occurred during the hot commissioning of the plants
steelmaking operation, where the company has installed a new
150-ton furnace, which went online last week, is meant to
produce 6- x 6-inch billets for Lorains 9/10-inch rolling
mill for special bar quality production (
amm.com, Nov. 26).
"This has taken the
brand-new furnace out of commission, but the rest of the mill,
including the rolling and finishing operations, is still up and
running," a company spokesman told AMM.
Lorain Fire Chief Tom
Brown said a malfunctioning oxygen line played a role in the
blaze, damaging equipment, but Canton, Ohio-based Republic is
still investigating the incident.
working to determine the cause of the accident so that we can
address the situation and make necessary repairs to the
equipment and computer systems that were damaged. Our goal is
to get the equipment back up and running as safely and as
quickly as possible," Sanchez said.
The Lorain fire
department received a call at 2:19 p.m. Nov. 30, according to
Brown, and extinguished the fire by 3:30 p.m.
None of the employees
sent to the hospital had serious injuries, and they have since
been released, the company said.