Wednesday Night: Alcoa Fire Contained
An equipment fire in the Alcoa West facility in Massena Wednesday night took about an hour to put out, according to officials.
The fire was in a large piece of equipment known as a pre-heat mixer. The mixer makes the conductive material which passes electricity as part of making aluminum.
Firefighters from Mssena and Louisville were called to help Alcoa's own firefighters extinguish the fire.
Although the fire was out by about 7 p.m., the building housing the mixer - known as "the green mill" - was still filled with smoke. Reporter Bob Larue, on assignment for 7 News, recorded video of smoke pouring from the building after 8 p.m.
No one was hurt. The building was evacuated, according to Alcoa spokeswoman Darcy Fargo, who said the main work of the plant, making aluminum, was not affected by the fire.
"We have no impact to the structures in the building," Fargo said. "The impact appears to be confined to the actual piece of equipment involved."
As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, a handful of workers were back in the building, evaluating the condition of the equipment and the electrical system in the building.
Larue, said he could smell acrid smoke when he arrived at Alcoa West, though it began to clear before 8 p.m. He said the smoke that poured out of the building after 8 p.m. was thick enough to briefly obscure the building.
A March 2012 fire at Alcoa West did extensive damage to part of the facility.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Watertown, NY
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