The Times West Virginian

January 27, 2014

Part of Novelis shut down after fire

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A structure fire at the Novelis plant in Fairmont early Sunday morning is being investigated.

The Marion County 911 Center received a call about the incident around 4:40 a.m. Sunday and the Fairmont Fire Department responded, a dispatcher reported.

No one was hurt during the fire. Novelis, located on Speedway Avenue in Fairmont, works in aluminum rolled products.

Fire Chief Jim Emerick explained that the facility’s Cardox CO2 System put the mill fire out right away, but the fire had gone up into the large chimney system. The flames could be spotted from East Park Avenue, he said.

“They did evacuate the building for a while, until everything was under control,” Emerick said.

The Fairmont Fire Department used a ladder truck and a pumper for the situation, he said. About 13 city firefighters were on site working with the fire crew at Novelis, called the Novelis Fire Brigade.

Emergency responders began leaving the scene around 6 a.m., Emerick said.

“The fire occurred at the plant and all employees were safely accounted for and no injuries,” said Fiona Bell, senior communications manager for Novelis North America.

“The incident was isolated to a piece of equipment on the outside roof of the plant and the fire was extinguished both by the Novelis Fire Brigade and the Fairmont Fire Department. We have an internal investigation under way to determine the cause.”

She said Novelis is also looking into the damages caused by the incident.

“The plant is currently running, but we do have one portion shut down for repairs,” Bell said.

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