Processing Magazine

Fire erupts at magnesium refining plant

March 14, 2012

BELLEVUE, Ohio — Several tractor trailers parked in front of a Bellevue, Ohio-magnesium refining plant caught fire Tuesday, sending a plume of smoke into the air and alarming residents, Ohio News Network reported.

Magnesium fires cannot be put out with water, so firefighters used a dirt-like substance to smother the flames.

A local school was cancelled and residents were asked to stay inside, the article stated.

Bellevue’s fire chief said lightning may have caused the fire, but officials don’t know for sure.

“Early this morning we experienced a fire on the MagReTech site in Bellevue. The company has a contingency plan in place to address this type of situation and was able to contain the fire to four trailers, which have been properly isolated,” Magnesium Refining Technologies said in a statement. “We are pleased to report that there were no injuries associated with this incident. We appreciate the outstanding response of safety and environmental authorities and are cooperating fully with them.”