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Another Olin Brass fire two days after explosion at plant

Telegraph staff report

May 29, 2014

EAST ALTON — No injuries were reported Thursday afternoon in a fire at Olin Brass in East Alton, just two days after an explosion rocked the plant, injuring two.


Firefighters from Alton, East Alton, Wood River, and Rosewood Heights battled a fire resulting in no injuries at Olin Brass near state Route 3 around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, two days after an explosion rocked the plant and injured two workers, one of which is still receiving medical treatment.


Olin Fire Department Chief said Thursday that there was a fire in a structure known as a baghouse. Emergency personnel were dispatched at approximately 2:30 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 2:52 p.m. A baghouse is an air pollution filtration unit frequently found at manufacturing sites.


Olin Brass spokesman Chris Litras said the fire was contained to the rear of the plant in a service unit where no production is done. The cause of the blaze remained unknown late Thursday afternoon.


The fire came just two days after an explosion rattled the plant, injuring two.


An employee is still being treated in a St. Louis hospital after he was injured in Tuesday’s incident inside DC Casting Unit No. 5.


Another man was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital due to the Tuesday incident, was released from the hospital and returned to Olin Brass later that day.


“Our concerns are with the employees and their families,” Litras said.


First responders from Alton, Rosewood Heights, Wood River, East Alton, and Olin Brass’s own fire department responded to Tuesday’s explosion, the smoke of which could be seen from miles away. Firefighters worked what was likely a fire in connection with the explosion at the Olin Brass casting plant.


Olin Brass is cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as they conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion according to Litras.