Fire at Latrobe plant contained
A fire Friday evening at Latrobe Specialty Steel in the city was contained to a control room.
The blaze was discovered about 7:05 p.m. near a compressor in the melt shop section of the plant owned by Carpenter Technology at 2626 Ligonier St.
Latrobe fire Chief John Brasile said grease caught fire and was fueled by some cardboard and other materials in storage.
Heat melted some wiring and computer equipment, but no one was injured in the blaze, he said.
The fire was contained to a 20-foot by 20-foot area and did not affect operations with the molten steel, Brasile said.
Power was shut off to one section of the plant in order to prevent any accidents while spraying water on the fire, he said.
A number of departments were dispatched and staged nearby because it was considered an industrial fire, Brasile said.
Dispatched to the scene in addition to all Latrobe departments were units from Derry, Bradenville, Youngstown, Lloydsville, Dryridge, Pleasant Unity and Greensburg.
The fire chief said the department responds to calls at the plant every few years, and each time maintenance and safety staff are cooperative.“They only call us when they feel it’s beyond them, we work together very well,” Brasile said.