Early morning fire sparked in oil pit at Portage warehouse

2014-02-27T13:11:00Z 2014-02-27T23:12:28Z Early morning fire sparked in oil pit at Portage warehouseTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 27, 2014 1:11 pm  • 

PORTAGE | Welding may have sparked fire in an industrial oil pit at a company at the Port of Indiana Thursday morning.

The Portage Fire Department responded to Ferralloy Corp., 600 George Nelson Dr., at 5:10 a.m. to find a large fire in an oil pit.

Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from multiple locations of the large steel processing warehouse, according to a report from Division Chief Chad Bogue.

Fire crews located the fire in an oil pit underneath a rolling machine in the middle of the warehouse. Crews advanced 400 feet of hose to reach the fire. Due to the contents of the pit, firefighters used special foam to extinguish the fire, along with 1,000 gallons of water.

A first alarm was struck to cover city fire stations and Burns Harbor Fire assisted at the scene.

Maintenance workers said they were doing repairs to the machine and were using a welding machine when the fire started. Damage was contained to the oil pit and rolling machine directly above the pit.

There were no injuries. Despite the frigid temperatures and a strong wind coming directly off of Lake Michigan, all fire equipment functioned appropriately.

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