Published January 30, 2013
Firefighters battle blaze at factory
By Terry Oparka email@example.com
Molten metal ignited a two-alarm blaze that caused an explosion at a large industrial plant on Meijer Drive at 5:45 pm. Jan. 21.
When firefighters arrived at the Sulzer Metco facility, all employees had already evacuated. Troy fire Lt. Chuck Riesterer said the fire involved a propane-powered hi-lo.
“A fuel cell on the hi-lo caused an explosion and a large amount of structural damage to the building,” Riesterer said.
According to reports, shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene the propane cylinder ruptured, releasing contents and igniting, creating an explosion that dislodged metal sheeting on the exterior of the building. Firefighters extinguished the fire and shut down all industrial processes inside the building.
Forty-seven firefighters were on the scene for an hour and 20 minutes.
The Sulzer Metco website states the company produces materials and equipment to coat and enhance surfaces and develops machining processes for special components. The company will not be open for business until sufficient repairs have been completed and approved by the Troy building official, Riesterer said.
Liquefied petroleum gas, a hazardous substance, was released during the incident, Riesterer said. He described the forklift fire as a relatively small incident: “basically a vehicle fire inside of a building.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and monetary loss has not yet been determined.
This is the second time Troy firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the facility. Molten metal from a processing machine ignited decking supporting the machine Nov. 17, 2011. In that incident, fire investigators spoke with key employees at the plant and determined that the cause of the fire was unspecified mechanical failure on part of the processing machine that allowed the molten metal to discharge onto the elevated deck support and other combustible materials, according to reports.
A representative for the business could not be reached by press time.
- 24 HRS
- 7 DAYS
- 30 DAYS
- New kiosk to assist Stony Creek cyclists - Sterling Heights
- Trial continues for man accused of shooting acquaintance - St. Clair Shores
- Center Line begins search for new city manager - Center Line
- Pub Crawl will raise money for Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade - Madison Heights
- GM nets big tax break in Warren - Warren
- Rock community ready to roast local show promoter - Roseville
- Farewell to the Field event takes a look back - Clawson
- Tour the chocolate factory with Lamphere High’s ‘Willy Wonka’ - Madison Heights
- Bank robbers detained after high-speed pursuit - Harrison Township
- Kroger receives approval for $25 million marketplace - Royal Oak
- Selfridge’s 127th Wing to fight Islamic State - Harrison Township
- Dinner to support Warming Center - Mount Clemens
- Stolen wedding ring a fake report, police say - St. Clair Shores
- Police investigate fatal single-vehicle crash - Shelby Township
- Construction continues at Macomb Mall - Roseville
- Frankenfoods: Are GMOs as scary as people think? - Metro Detroit
- Man in skeleton hoodie robs 7-Eleven - St. Clair Shores
- Jump for Trevor helps teen in need of a heart transplant - Southfield
- Berkley, Huntington Woods rank in top 10 places to live in Michigan - Berkley
- Stolen wedding ring a fake report, police say
- Henry, longtime police K-9, to retire April 17
- Construction continues at Macomb Mall
- Berkley, Huntington Woods rank in top 10 places to live in Michigan
- NAMM award is sweet music to UCS
- Madison Heights couple receives keys to Habitat home
- Rock community ready to roast local show promoter