Michigan magnesium plant fire injures two
04 May 2018
Two people were injured and nearly 150 workers were evacuated from an auto parts plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2 after a fire and a series of explosions. The blaze at Meridian Magnesium, the city’s largest employer, was extinguished within 24 hours but the main building suffered serious damage, with part of the roof blown off.
Firefighters waited for the fire to burn out because water will not extinguish a magnesium-fuelled blaze. Residents were asked to avoid the immediate area surrounding the factory.
Eaton Rapids City Manager Aaron Desentz said the fire that occurred close to a shift change at the plant, with the seat in an area called the "tunnel" where workers put magnesium scraps on a conveyor belt to be melted down.
The Lansing State Journal quoted local residents claiming fires often break out at the plant, though none have been as extensive as this one so far.