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Fire Department Puts Out Blazes At Two Factories

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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:00 pm

The Washington Fire Department recently responded to two fires at local industries.

The department responded to a fire at RTI Tradco, 1901 W. Main St., Monday night around 7:05.

Titanium particles caught fire in a hopper and barrels, Fire Chief Bill Halmich said.

It is unclear what caused the fire, but static electricity can cause the titanium particles to ignite, Halmich said.

Employees tried to extinguish the fire before calling the fire department.

Fire crews quickly controlled the fire and shut off the electricity. No injuries occurred, but the plant was evacuated as a precaution.

The titanium grinding processing equipment was damaged, and the building sustained heavy smoke damage. The building is separate from the main factory.

Thirty-four firefighters responded.

The Washington Fire Department also extinguished a dumpster fire at Clemco Industries Corp. in Washington Sunday afternoon.

The fire, which occurred at One Cable Car Drive, caused damage to the dumpster and trash compactor.

When crews arrived, fire was coming from the trash compactor, Halmich said.

The flames were threatening the building and a tractor-trailer. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending to the building or damaging the tractor-trailer.

Clemco representatives arrived and helped the firefighters move the burning trash container away from the building.

The cause of the fire was believed to be spontaneous combustion from discarded oil-based paint filters.

Twenty-one firefighters responded.

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