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Ohio scrapyard operations not affected by ‘brush fire’

Keywords: Tags  steel, scrapyard, fire, Youngstown plant, Ohio plant, Midwest Steel & Alloy, John O'Neill, AMG Resources Bhavna Patel

NEW YORK — Midwest Steel & Alloy Inc.’s Youngstown, Ohio, facility suffered a fire April 10, but no operations were interrupted, a company spokesman told AMM.

"It was just a brush fire and did not affect our business at all," he said.

"It appeared to initially (have been) caused by an employee burning too close to the pile of scrap, and it just got out of hand," Youngstown Fire Chief John O’Neill told AMM.

The scrapyard fire, which took place behind a steel mill, took firefighters several hours to contain. "The yard was full of everything from steel fiberglass tanks to tires and some automotive products," he said. "Our challenge is they don’t have fire hydrants that far back, so we had to shuttle water from our trucks or the nearest fire hydrant, which was half a mile away."

Midwest Steel is a division of Pittsburgh-based AMG Resources Corp.

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