Fire at Port Kembla Plant

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plant fire protection contractorPort Kembla, Australia -- A fiberglass chute caught fire today, prompting the evacuation of employees.  Four fire crews responded to the call.  A 100-meter exclusion zone was set-up around the chute.

"Being fiberglass, it burnt very quickly," said Fire and Rescue NSW Wollongong Inspector Greg Houston.

The fiberglass burned so hot that an hour after the fire was extinguished, crews were still covering the chute with foam.

"Our concern was, with the intensity of the heat from the fire, that it may have affected the integrity of the structure," he said.  "Its now regained its integrity as its cooled and it's no longer under threat."

Plant engineers also turned on inert gas to stop the fire from spreading internally.

No one was injured.

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